Tornado hits Caledonia

A home along Illinois Route 173 in Caledonia, Ill., sits mostly demolished after a tornado swept through the small Boone County town shortly after 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 22. The village of Caledonia was closed to everyone but residents Tuesday, Nov. 23, and Caledonia Elementary School and North Boone School District were closed for the day. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department requested motorists avoid Illinois Route 173 in the area of Caledonia as clean-up efforts continue. About 40,000 customers lost power Nov. 22, and a few hundred were still without power Tuesday, Nov. 23. A Rockford School District bus carrying six children fell on its side as a tornado touched down near the intersection of Harlem and Argyle roads. Some of the children on the bus complained of minor back pains, and one child was reported to have fractured vertebrae in his neck. The American Red Cross set up a shelter at North Boone Fire District 3 Station, 305 W. Grove St., Poplar Grove, to offer food, water and bedding to tornado victims. The Red Cross Rock River Chapter also opened a shelter at Hilltop Ministries, 8301 Mitchell Road, Roscoe, Ill. Shelter residents are encouraged to bring bedding and necessary medications. For more information, contact the American Red Cross Rock River Chapter, 727 N. Church St., Rockford, at (815) 963-8471.

From the Nov. 24-30, 2010 issue

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