Harrisburg, Illinois tornado damage clean-up begins

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Video: Ameren Illinois works to restore power in Harrisburg

Video: Rescue crews to do second sweep of tornado damage

Storm damage in Harrisburg, Illinois (Credit: @freewheelburnin)

Harrisburg, Ill (KSDK) -- Harrisburg residents will be allowed to get work permits and go back into the tornado-damaged neighborhood to start cleaning up.

Harrisburg police said everyone is accounted for, so they are no longer searching the homes.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office believes the death toll will not rise past six. Some of the injured have serious injuries, but none are believed to be life-threatening.

Thirty-five officers were stationed in the damaged areas to prevent looting overnight after some residents reported seeing looting Wednesday. The officers did not find any looters.

As of 7:00 a.m. Thursday, Ameren Illinois reported 1,100 customers without power. Ameren's goal is to have power restored by Friday evening.

The American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Area Region has opened a shelter in Harrisburg, Illinois following the EF4 tornado that touched down at 4:56 a.m. Wednesday morning.  The American Red Cross has also opened fixed meal sites at the Red Cross Shelter in First Baptist Church in Harrisburg and in Ridgweay at Golden Circle Senior Center.

KSDK

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