Parts of Union County are in clean-up mode after a tornado a mile-wide wrecked havoc on homes Friday night. One neighborhood near Jefferson is counting themselves lucky that the damage isn't worse.
During Friday's strong storms, some people who live in the Wynstone Development near Jefferson were focused on a football game in Vermillion.
"We had some reports back from our neighbors about the damage that was done by the storm and kind of knew what to expect when we came home," David Faldmo said.
Even with the warning, Faldmo was still taken by surprise at what he saw.
"Piles of debris, 8-feet high on the sides of the road, especially coming through our gate into Wynstone. Big trees down," Faldmo said.
For others, the experience of the storm was faced head on.
"I backed around to where the back end of my suburban was into the wind and just sat there and rode it out," Mike Dailey said.
Dailey and his wife were trapped in the community by uprooted trees. It was at that point where they just hoped for the best.
"My wife was with me and she was scared to death, she didn't know what the outcome was going to be. She was like ' Go somewhere!' but there was nowhere to go," Dailey said.
Now, 24 hours after the damage was done, each homeowner is assessing what they need to fix.
"There's a couple of houses that really took some hits with the walls of their garages and limbs coming through the walls," Faldmo said.
The damage from Friday' storms is significant and it may take days or even weeks to get things back to normal. Yet, one thing that did come out of the chaos from Friday night is the willingness of each one of the members of this community to lend a helping hand.
"We just went through a drought a year ago, the year before we went through floods and this area all came together during that and helped everybody," Dailey said.
They even got help from the kids Faldmo saw play the night before.
"We had 40 or 50 of our football players here this morning picking up after a hard game up in Vermillion, so that was gratifying, too, to see them helping us out," Faldmo said.
Despite the massive damage, no one was killed in the tornados. Only person suffered minor injuries in a car accident associated with the storm. At least a couple hundred homes along the storm's path are without power, mostly in rural areas. Some phone service is also out.