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'Windstorm - One Year Later': A WGEM News/Herald-Whig In-Depth Report

A massive windstorm slammed Quincy on July 13, 2015. Now, one year later, the Herald-Whig and WGEM News team up to provide an in-depth look at the rebuilding and what still needs to be accomplished.

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Party commemorating last July's storm takes ironic turn

Mane Therapie Salon and Spa at 9th and Hampshire in Quincy Mane Therapie Salon and Spa at 9th and Hampshire in Quincy

Wednesday's party is called "Riding out the Storm." Ironically, that's exactly what party-goers were doing. They were inside instead of the parking lot at Mane Therapie Salon, where the old spa used to be.  The old spa had been crushed in last July's windstorm. Wednesday was meant to be a way to thank family, friends, coworkers and other business owners who helped clean up.  

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Eyesore to sore subject: Buildings untouched after windstorm

The old Greek To Me building at 6th and Hampshire still sits with a shredded tarp and crumbling walls a year after being damaged in last July's windstorm The old Greek To Me building at 6th and Hampshire still sits with a shredded tarp and crumbling walls a year after being damaged in last July's windstorm

The old Greek to Me building is not only and eyesore; It became a sore subject. Some think it's a slap in the face to District business owners trying to beautify the area and attract more business. A shredded tarp and crumbling bricks mark the spot where the building stands. "It looks awful over there," Employee Jane Haslem said. 

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Ameren makes improvements after windstorm

An intellirupter installed at the top of a utility pole near State and 30th streets in Quincy An intellirupter installed at the top of a utility pole near State and 30th streets in Quincy

After last July's windstorm, Ameren Illinois did an assessment, and one of the improvements you may notice is more fiberglass utility poles are being installed. At 36th Street and Spring Lake Road, north of Quincy, we found one of several installed earlier this year. Some of them are anchored. Ameren says they can withstand powerful winds better than typical wooden utility poles. 

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Business owners face triumphs, struggles recovering from last year's windstorm

The Mane Therapie Salon and Spa just days after a violent windstorm hit July 13, 2015 The Mane Therapie Salon and Spa just days after a violent windstorm hit July 13, 2015

Wednesday marks an anniversary many Quincy residents won't celebrate, but one they'll never forget. It's been one year since last July's windstorm, when wind gusts roughly 70 miles an hour toppled trees and damaged homes and businesses. Some businesses have bounced back, but some are still trying.

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Quincy man just finished repairing home one year after windstorm

A week ago Brandon Smith was still painting his home at 23rd and Maine Street nearly a year after a windstorm hit Quincy. A week ago Brandon Smith was still painting his home at 23rd and Maine Street nearly a year after a windstorm hit Quincy.

Wednesday makes one year since last July's windstorm that wreaked havoc in parts of the Tri-States, and some people are still cleaning up. A massive oak tree fell on top of Brandon Smith's home at 23rd and Maine streets July 13. It hit with 74-mile-an-hour straight-line winds, the force of a category one hurricane. The storm rocked Quincy, destroying or damaging more than 1,000 trees, according to Ameren. 

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First responders recall windstorm one year later

(from left to right) Firefighters Rich Peters, Lt. Chris Bichsel and Jerry Smith reflect on July 13, 2015, when a violent windstorm with 74 mile-per-hour straight line winds created a state of emergency in Quincy (from left to right) Firefighters Rich Peters, Lt. Chris Bichsel and Jerry Smith reflect on July 13, 2015, when a violent windstorm with 74 mile-per-hour straight line winds created a state of emergency in Quincy

Wednesday marks one year since last July's windstorm that toppled trees, took down power lines and damaged homes and businesses.  All of it put Quincy firefighters to the test. When they drove out of Central Fire Station and saw the devastation, some of them were stunned. There were those who dealt with a gas leak for hours and others struggled to get around town because of the toppled trees blocking so many roads. It was a memorable night to say the least. 

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Click here to view sliding before and after photos of the windstorm.

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