In all, the National Weather Service says, at least 15 tornadoes hit Illinois on Sunday. The tornado that cut through Washington was on the ground for more than 40 miles, first raking parts of Pekin and East Peoria. The death toll still stands at six, and just one in Washington, Thompson said.
The power was expected to be back on in by late Wednesday in every affected community served by Ameren, the St. Louis-based utility that provides electricity to most areas south of Interstate 80. By late afternoon, about 3,000 customers were still without power, down from more than 148,000 on Sunday.
But while some things crept toward normal, others still reflected the chaos of a major disaster.
Some residents of Washington heard rumors Wednesday that their damaged homes would be demolished Thursday, state spokesman Brian Williamson said.
“All I can say is that people that have heard that rumor, it’s completely false,” he said.