A Day of Rememberance for Plainfield Residents

August 28, 2010

For Plainfield residents, August 28 has become a day of reflection, for today is the 20th anniversary of the 1990 tornado that killed 29 people, injured 300 and destroyed countless homes, buildings and the city’s high school.

Residents had no warning of the impending F5 twister on August 28, 1990. The National Weather Service’s main radar system wasn’t working.

At that time, Plainfield was a small town of less than 5,000. It has come a long way since then, and that fateful day was the beginning of an evolution.

After the impact, the distraught residents came together and worked to clean up. Eventually, new homes, businesses and the high school were rebuilt. The town began to grow.

Today, Plainfield has a population of close to 40,000 and is considered one of the fastest growing communities in Illinois.

Despite its success, long-time Plainfield residents will never forget that day in 1990. A monument to the victims sits near Plainfield Central High School.

Plainfield officials will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at 3 p.m. today on the west bank of the DuPage River, just south of Lockport Street.

Several trees will be planted as a living legacy to the victims who lost their lives as a result of the 1990 Plainfield tornado.

By the way, that tornado prompted the National Weather Service to get new radar and implement better warning systems.

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