‘I Was Terrified’: Residents Assess Damage From Night Tornadoes In Bistate Area | Regional


In Fredericktown, a town of about 4,000 people about 85 miles south of St. Louis, on Monday, recreational vehicles were left on the side, metal siding was twisted around tree trunks by the wind at across town and over 10 buildings were leveled with many more significantly damaged.

Schools in Fredericktown canceled classes Monday due to “community-wide power cuts and damage to families” during the storm.

The Black River Electric Cooperative had about 1,100 people still without power Monday night. Ameren reported nearly 800 people still without power in the area south-east of Farmington. Citizens Electric’s outage map showed more than 640 people without power.

At 6 a.m. on Monday, Ameren reported about 2,000 customers in Missouri without power and 2,100 in Illinois. At the height of the outages, Ameren reported 30,200 customers without power in Illinois and 2,300 in Missouri on Sunday night, mostly due to widespread storms.

Robin Vance, owner of Filtration System Products, was overseeing a crew preparing to clean up a huge pile of debris left behind by what had been his company’s new 45,000 square foot warehouse in Fredericktown.

The company makes filtration supplies, including recently supplying around 10 million surgical and N95 masks in high demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vance said. The warehouse built months ago was going to be the company’s new offices and hold large amounts of supplies used to make masks, Vance said.


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