CARROLLTON, IL (KPLR) – A storm blew through the small Illinois town of Carrollton . According to Mayor Dewain Freand Saturday's storm was the worst he's seen in the last 30 years. Most of the storm damage centered on the southwest part of town; the storm hit around 11 pm Friday night leaving a trail of destruction. Homes had roofs ripped off; pieces of tile, shingles and trees were all across the roads and walkways. Resident Carol Pryor says she thinks a tornado hit.
“Well I heard this sound it sounded like a tornado. Like a freight train and it got louder like it was going right down the road. Pretty soon I heard boom and the house shook.”Said Pryor.
Mayor Dewain Freand says the town quickly came together to clean things up.
“We had the firemen out and had a gas leak one of the limbs fell on a house and damaged the gas meter. Firemen got that repaired thanks to the firemen, police and everyone helping we got everything going.”
Mayor Freand says power in the entire city went out at midnight and was restored by 4 am. Ameren replaced nearly ten utility poles and luckily all of the town’s 2700 residents are OK.
Officials are still waiting to hear from the national weather service to determine if a tornado hit.