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Tornado Damages Home in Champaign County
CHAMPAIGN CO. -- This morning a family is wondering when they can go home after a tornado ripped off the roof!
Bill Rabe didn't think he'd be spending the afternoon watching an insurance agent assessing the damage of his home.
"Bad luck. That's the best way I can say it," Rabe says with a practiced look of complacency in his eye.
In split seconds yesterday, an EF0 tornado touched down, ripping siding and shingles from his roof, sending water straight in.
"Underneath that green its all open. Its just dry wall," Rabe explained. "We got it covered up. As long as it doesn't rain any more this week. Mother nature says she not gonna drop anymore this week so we'll see what happens."
Bill wasn't at home when the 65 miles per hour wind blew through, but his daughter was.
"Oh she freaked out," Rabe explained.
Bill's daughter, granddaughter and wife cannot live in the water damaged home. Among the fallen apples, underneath the useless insulation and destroyed shingles is a wheelchair ramp. The ramp allows his granddaughter, who suffers from cerebral palsy, and his wife, who is also wheelchair-bound, access to the home
"It'll be all right. We'll get through it. Just like we always do," Rabe added.
While his family stays away from the house they've called home for 20 years, Bill is staying put , cleaning up and working tirelessly with the insurance company.
At first glance it's easy to be fooled by Bill's cool demeanor. But there's no time for tears, his take care of business attitude is what his family needs right now. Especially his still-shaken daughter.
"Don't worry about it. I'll handle it. She knows me after 36 years, she knows. [Dad's gonna take care of it.] Oh yea," Bill said with a quiet confidence.
It's not clear when bill and his family will be able to move back in.
No other homes in the area received any damage as a result of the storm.
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