August 29, 1990 |
The most powerful series of tornadoes in this area in more than two decades tore a path of death and destruction across suburbs southwest of Chicago Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 23 people and flattening 100 homes, an apartment complex, a church and a high school in a matter of minutes. Four separate tornadoes spawned by a hot, muggy storm cell touched down amid the subdivisions and cornfields in the vicinity of Joliet, about 30 miles outside Chicago.
August 30, 1990 |
Dazed and heartsick, Joann Eads stared absently into space Wednesday as she sat on the curb outside what only the day before had been her trim two-story townhouse on Cedar Drive. Next to her lay a bottle of blue antacid. Behind her, total devastation. "You wanna buy a house cheap?" she asked facetiously.
July 26, 1993 |
Raging floodwater tore through the bottom of the longest levee along the northern Mississippi River on Sunday, trapping five people, two of them in treetops filled with snakes. The river closed six miles of the Central Illinois Expressway and swamped 45,000 acres of prime farmland. "We have a breach! We have a breach!" a levee inspector shouted into his two-way radio as the Sny levee, the second-largest river berm in the nation, burst at 11:23 a.m., local time.