Sunday, March 19, 2006

Jerome, Illinois' 2006 Tornado - Glenn Avenue

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Photo: Tornado Aftermath - Jerome, Illinois 03.13.06 7:00 A.M. Glenn Ave.

Tornado related images included in this post were captured at aproximately 7:00 A.M. in Jerome, Illinois on the morning of March 13th, 2006. Two large trees blocked the Glenn street, and one tree fell into a residence. All downed trees pictured were located upon a hilltop falling halfway betwen Park Street, and Fillmore.


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Glenn Avenue - Jerome, Illinois - March 13th 2006

The tree which crashed onto the house in the photograph above appears not only to have fallen upon the roof, but it also appears to have been lifted, and shoved down upon the roof. I was left with the impression many times on the morning of March 12th, 2006 that the twister which had visited Jerome, Illinois had not only bulldozed whatever it encountered, but actually vacuumed up whatever crossed its path.


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Glenn Avenue - Jerome, Illinois - March 13th 2006

This small group of residence congregate over a tree which had fallen across Glenn Avenue. One neighbor said jokingly to another, "You stay on your side of the tree, and we'll stay on our side", roughly parodying "Good fences make good neighbors".


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Glenn Avenue - Jerome, Illinois - March 13th 2006

The clean smell of fresh cut evergreen filled the air. I felt conflicted, because I love that smell, and it reminds me of Christmas, yet I knew that in the present situation it was a result of a tornado. The photo above shows the power of the tornado which snapped this tree like a twig.


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Photo: Tornado Aftermath: Glenn Avenue - Jerome, Illinois - March 13th, 2006

This particular section of Glenn is atop a knoll. The trees atop the knoll were especially hard hit. Nearby Owens Lane, running within an east-west depression, faired much better. Looking at Owens Lane, and then looking back at Glenn Avenue gave me an appreciation of what being just ten to fifteen lower in elevation meant. Lower meant safer. Unfortuately, the trees along Glenn Avenue had no choice but to stand tall, and take it like a tree.


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Did you know that the St. Andrew's Pipes and Drums stopped by the Jerome area on Saturday early evening to play "Amazing Grace" etc., for Jerome residents? Though many owners were not there for various reasons, some that were watched the band from their homes or followed them for a while. Some took pictures. Nice touch by a great Springfield institution.

I understand they also went to Spruce Street on the East side for the same purpose.

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