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Sangamon County Residents Clean Up After EF-1 Tornado

Updated: Monday, February 24 2014, 10:28 AM CST
It has been just over 24 hours since tornadoes rolled through parts of
our area, and residents are wasting no time cleaning up. The National
Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado tore through parts of
Sangamon County, including Mechanicsburg.

NewsChannel at Nine has
been following the situation in Mechanicsburg since Thursday evening.
Finally, with daylight Friday, homeowners were able to get a look at
some of the damage. Residents in eastern Sangamon County say it's
devastating, but know things could have been much worse.

"We just finished the shed this summer, and there is nothing left," said homeowner Nick Bestudik.

once was Bestudik's shed now wraps around a tree and litters a nearby
field. Amazingly, the tornado caused little damage to his home that was
protecting his family inside.

"I opened the garage door and it
was a hurricane and it sucked the door out of my hand. It was everything
I could do to get myself downstairs in time. Luckily the wife and dogs
were already down there," said Bestudik.

Just down the road,
devastation was as far as the eye can see. Chris Waters, a farmer of 33
years, received the call Thursday night.

"I didn't know what to
expect really. My brother said he looked out the back door and he could
see the combine so I knew one shed was gone," said Waters.

With winds still whipping and a farm home knocked off its foundation, Waters wasted no time getting to work.

to get the spring equipment in, to get it checked out to see what's
wrong and needs to be fixed. Then we will worry about fall equipment
later," said Waters.

Equipment is what some homeowners need. Carol Oostdyk now has a tree as part of her home.

was just making a pot of soup and we were watching TV and all of a
sudden the electric snapped off and then about 10 seconds later the
trees started flying at the house," said Oostdyk.

But with damage everywhere in the neighborhood, Oostdyk knows luck was on her side.

"We're alive, we're well, life goes on," said Oostdyk.

the residents we spoke with Friday said they were waiting on insurance
adjusters before they dove in to the majority of the cleanup.

According to the National Weather Service, EF-1 tornadoes pack winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour.Sangamon County Residents Clean Up After EF-1 Tornado

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