Washington, Ill., on the Mend After Tornado

The town ravaged by twister is on the road to recovery.
3:00 | 01/01/14

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To a story of rebuilding and renewal for the new year,o many families were devastated by the massive tornado outbreak that nearly wiped the town of in oklahoma off the map. Your ginger zee has their remarkable story. Reporter: Rebuilding and recovery. This is the scene in washington, illinois. Less than two months after this. There it is. Reporter: November 17th. 72 tornadoes across 7 states, the town of washington suffering the worst damage of all. More than 1,000 homes destroyed and 2 people killed. Just two weeks after the storm, the town is on the mend. It can take years to rebuild after a disaster. This is the living room over here, bedroom there, bedroom there, bedroom here. Reporter: But they say there's no time to waste, they already started. Moore, oklahoma, went through it before us. We saw a lot of hope. And we're not going to discredit their hope by standing here whining. We're going to move on. We're going to rebuild. It's going to be better. Reporter: It's an optimism ingrained in this community. They want to be one of the first to move back in. Construction on their shredded home begins next month. Here in the background, you hear the bob cats working. People are moving on. Reporter: Progress, fueled by faith, says this pastor of crossroads church, religion helping the town's people find strength. Something that we all live through together. And I have been impressed by the way people have pulled together. Reporter: Washington strong, the town's message of hope for the future. We know how great our community is, we're going to rally and we're going to come back, you know, stronger, it's just an amazing place.

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