Another community declared disaster area

Published 11/19 2013 04:36PM

Updated 11/20 2013 10:26AM

TUSCOLA -- A Douglas County family spent the day salvaging what Sunday's storm left behind. Tuesday, it was added to the list of disaster areas by Governor Quinn. WCIA-3's Jillian Deam finds out how one family is working to rebuild.

"I grew up here."

This family farm is home for Bob Kleiss.

"We've been in the produce business for more than 30-years."

But, it only took 30 seconds for Bob to feel the wind tear his home apart.

"I told them, we have to get to the basement. And we weren't down there 30 seconds, got the door closed, got the kids under the desk, and 'boom,' the house shook. It's devastating to see your business go down like that."

Devastating for his business and his family.

"A 6-year old daughter and an 11-year old daughter. Their bedroom got hit the hardest. Our 6-year old wanted to know if Santa Claus was still going to come see her because we wouldn't be home."

But, even without a home, Kleiss says they still have each other.

"We're very lucky for that. Just in the nick of time."

And, Kleiss says, besides being thankful to be alive, he's so grateful for the friends, family and neighbors that have come to help pick up the pieces.

"It's overwhelming, the amount of people that come to help."

People bringing food and water, helping with clean-up, and offering support.

"There's not enough words to thank them for what they've done."

Most of Douglas County has its power back on.

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