Quinn Says Housing Main Concern After Tornadoes

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 9:45 AM CDT
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Quinn Says Housing Main Concern After Tornadoes

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A resident works to salvage items from a home damaged by severe weather in Kokomo, Ind., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Dozens of tornadoes and intense thunderstorms swept across the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, unleashing powerful winds that flattened entire neighborhoods, flipped over cars and uprooted trees. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Gov. Pat Quinn says a tornado recovery priority is making sure those who were left homeless in southern and central Illinois have roofs over their heads.

With colder weather setting in, housing has become a main concern following Sunday's storms, which killed at least six people and injured dozens. Hundreds of homes and buildings were damaged or destroyed.

Quinn spoke to WLS-TV by phone on Tuesday, a day after touring devastated communities. He says the lack of housing is "going to be a big, big issue for us coming up in the next few days."

Quinn singled out the small community of Brookport in far southern Illinois, where the storm hit a trailer park.

Quinn said those left homeless there are "very, very poor" and need assistance.

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