The City of Rochelle is recovering from what residents say is the worst storm they've ever seen.
Catherine Rogers describes Thursday's storm as, "Scary, scary, scary."
She says everything happened quickly. "First a little breeze came by, then it got really dark, and then wind and hail," says Rogers.
Crushed cars, gas pumps ripped from the ground, and neighborhoods left to clean up mother nature's chaotic mess were reminds of the storm's fury.
Markel Miller says, "A big tree came clean through my granddaddy's house. We got to tear it down now."
After a night of destruction the main roads are finally clear but repairing all the damage will take a lot longer.
Mayor James Rhodes says, "It'll take us a week or two weeks to clean it all up."
The severity of the storm was too much for the city to handle on its own.
"I knew that with just our regular city crew, which consists of just 3 people, that we could never get this cleaned up. We got to get to cleaning it up. We got the debris out of the street so people can drive up and down the streets," says Rhodes.
Mayor Rhodes had to hire 3 private crews to help.
Fire Chief Herman Greene says, "It's just going to be slow. We've got several crews that's helping us...construction crews that's coming through trying to help us get this cleaned up."
The added help comes with a price tag. Mayor Rhodes says it'll cost close to $10,000. He says he'll look for financial aid to lift the burden.