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Winter hard on tornado victims in Illinois

Courtesy: Matt Uftring Courtesy: Matt Uftring

MADISON (WKOW) -- Clean-up continues in Washington, Illinois after a tornado ripped through the area in November, but the weather poses a concern for many residents.

The cold temperatures mean rebuilding could take even longer. Waunakee High School students are helping a local family. For people in Washington, Illinois who are displaced after the storm, that means they could lose their home's foundation.

It's a major concern for Waunakee High School's athletic trainer, Matt Uftring, who is originally from Washington, Illinois. His brother still lives in the city and was home during the tornado. Their home was demolished in only a matter of minutes.

Matt worries there's a lot of water in his brother's basement and with the water frozen they may have to rip up the home's foundation, costing more time and money.

"That's where my brother is at right now. He's just trying to maintain as much as he can," said Uftring. "They will have to wait until spring to see if the foundation is fine."

Matt's brother and sister-in-law have hired a contractor for the summer to help with the cleanup. Thankfully, no one in Matt's family was injured during the storm.

Waunakee High School students started penny wars at school to help raise money for Matt and his family after the storm. They raised over $1300 dollars in the Waunakee community to help with cleanup.

Click here for more about Matt's story.

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