Chicago Tribune Series on Utica Tornado

Back in late April, a tornado ripped through downtown Utica, Illinois and devastated the town. Several months later, we drove through Utica on our way home from neighboring Starved Rock. The devastation was still apparent, the houses affected still off their foundations, windows still boarded up in several downtown establishments. It was eerie — you could see the exact path of the tornado as it whipped through town.

Photo© 2004, Chicago Tribune.

Starting yesterday, the Tribune is running a 3-part series on the storm and its effect on the town. It’s harrowing, but in a way that you appreciate the bravery and sadness with which the residents endured the storm and its aftermath. Part one is here, part two is here. Superbly written, it’s worth your time.

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