Faces Of The Storm: The Survivors Of Sunday's Devastating Tornado In Washington, Ill. (PHOTOS)

Charles Ledford
Published: November 19, 2013

Their House Had Just Been Paid Off

Charles Ledford/University of Illinois/

The day after devastating storms unleashed dozens of tornadoes across the Midwest, photographer Charles Ledford visited one of the hardest-hit areas to capture one-on-one interviews and portraits of the people who saw the storm face-to-face and lived to tell about it.

In Washington, Ill., a town of just over 15,000 in central Illinois, he met husbands, wives, children, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, grandmothers and grandfathers, who shared both inspiring and heart-rending stories of survival.

Above, Ledford profiles Liz and Blake Blumenshine, who had just paid off the mortgage on their house in September and celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary Aug. 14.

The tornado took their home on Sunday. While they pick up the pieces of what's left, they are staying at his mother's house, which Blumenshine says "has a tree through the roof."

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