SHERMAN, IL – A tornado wreaked havoc in the town of Sherman, Illinois, causing severe damage to a subdivision of 28 homes on Friday evening. Although there were no significant injuries reported, the tornado left several families displaced and destroyed a horse farm in the area.
The Sherman Fire Protection District confirmed that the town sustained significant damage, with multiple homes destroyed, vehicles damaged, power lines down, and trees uprooted and shredded. The tornado hit the northeast side of town off I-55 at around 6:15 pm, with the Wulfcreak Dr. subdivision in Sherman being particularly affected.
The community came together to help those affected by the tornado, with neighbors working tirelessly to rescue a woman and her dog from the rubble of their home. However, the public is asked to stay out of the affected areas while public safety crews conduct operations.
The Walker Standardbreds horse farm in Sherman was hit. The tornado caused major damage to the farm, but fortunately, all people and horses are safe. Several mares were evacuated to nearby facilities, and the farm will be assessing its operations in the coming days.
Elsewhere, S. Sherman Blvd was closed down temporarily due to a gas leak caused by the tornado. The Sherman Fire Protection District will remain on the scene for an extended period to ensure public safety.
Sherman is approximately 6 miles northeast of downtown Springfield, and the tornado caused a significant impact on the town’s 4,635 residents.