Here are some photos I took with my own camera of the devastating and deadly tornado that hit Utica IL. in April of 2004.
I live only four miles away and remember the day very vividly. I was at my home in LaSalle and seen the tornado pass
about a half-mile south of me. I was a nervous wreck cause I did not know if it was coming my way or continue heading east.
I remember just a half-hour before this moment, the humidity and barometric pressure was like I had never felt it before.
The tornado touched down in Utica and killed eight people. I rode my bike on the canal path to Utica the next day.
I couldn't believe the ruin and destruction. Unfortunately I ran out of film and did not get to document it like I wanted.
As I walked around I was in a state of shock at what I was seeing. I only seen this kind of thing on the news and now all
the news channels were here in Utica.
There is a song on the new CD titled, "Utica Broken Down" written at the time of this tragedy.