Tornado Relief Update -11/25/13 1:00PM

Published 11/25 2013 01:02PM

Updated 11/25 2013 01:05PM

Monday, November 25, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.

• Burning ban for Washington Township. Tazewell County has declared a burning ban for Washington Township until further notice. Absolutely NO burning will be allowed. Individuals violating the burn ban may be charged with a petty offense and fined accordingly.

• Illinois Secretary of State. A mobile unit will be at Five Points from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. to continue serving the residents of Washington.

• Scams and scavengers. A lot of good, legitimate volunteers, contractors, and others are responding to offer their services and help; however, there are also people who try to take advantage of homeowners after disasters. It is recommended that homeowners get the contractor’s license number and names of individual volunteers and/or volunteer team leaders who offer their assistance. If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, or if you see scavengers or suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement at 309-444-2313.

• Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). Daily through Tuesday, November 26, from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., a disaster relief one-stop-shop is open at Five Points. Please read further down for a list of service agencies that are at Five Points to assist affected residents with needs.

• Gift cards. Gift cards for affected residents are available at Washington City Hall and will be available at the MARC at Five Points. Tazwood Community Services will also be at Washington Park District at 105 S. Spruce from 12:00 – 3:30 pm with Walmart gift cards.

• Water Leaks – Public Works are working on a few water leaks. If you discover a water leak, contact the Washington Public Works Department at 444-3196, option 2. If you have had water, but it is not running now, there may be a water main break that is being repaired.

• Homeowners in need of volunteers. If you need volunteer assistance for debris removal, please call 309-698-5001 or stop by to register your need with AmeriCorps at the MARC at Five Points. AmeriCorps is connecting homeowners with registered volunteers.

• Insurance Adjusters. Insurance adjusters will be able to access the affected areas on Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Enter through checkpoints at Dallas Road/Cruger on the north end or Eagle Road/Business 24. No street parking; parking is available at Central Middle School.

• FEMA. FEMA is currently conducting damage assessments but registration information is not available at this time.

• Access. Residents in affected areas will be able to access their properties as follows:

o Monday – no access due to debris removal
o Tuesday – determination will be made later today Please keep debris out of the roadway and at least 10 feet from fire hydrants.
• Georgetown Common. Per Tri-United Management LLC, residents of Georgetown Common will not be granted access to the apartment complex after 5:00 p.m. Sunday. According to Estie Israel at Tri-United Management, “There will be no further opportunities to get inside the buildings. It’s just not safe for the residents or our staff.” City Administrator Tim Gleason strongly recommended against this decision and suggested Tri-United conduct their own assessment before making the decision to deny all access to its residents. This recommendation has been ignored, despite OSHA and structural engineers’ assessment to the contrary.
Tri-United Management requests that residents who have vehicles still on the property have their vehicles removed or towed by Wednesday morning. Insurance adjusters who sign in at the property with Tri-United staff will be allowed to stay on hard surfaces at the property Monday (timeframe not specified), Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Estie at (773) 619-7759 or

• Safety. Our top concern is the safety of our residents and volunteers. When on site at property in affected areas be careful walking through debris to retrieve personal belongings. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and protective gear for your head. Also, Ameren would like to remind you that power has been restored to many of these areas and you should be alert for active overhead lines and ‘live’ underground utilities.

• Medical Services. Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency.

• Power. Homeowners who need to cancel service must contact Ameren to do so. Customer Service Representatives are available at Five Points through Tuesday evening. You may also call 800-755-5000.

• Contractors. Contractor registration will resume Monday at 8:00 a.m. at Washington City Hall.

• Donations. Monetary donations are being accepted at all branches of Morton Community Bank, including Washington Community Bank, and can be made to the Washington Tornado Relief Fund. For additional information, call 309-444-1700.

• Volunteers MUST be 18 years or older. The Tazewell County Volunteer Reception Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and is operated by AmeriCorps at ICC. Affected homeowners may call 309-698-5001 to register their need for volunteers. Individual volunteers may call 309-698-5002 to register as a volunteer and volunteer groups may call 309-698-5003 to register the group. Volunteers can register at the ICC CougarPlex, located on the ICC East Peoria campus at 1 College Drive in East Peoria (near the tennis courts).

• Garbage disposal. All regular routes and collections have resumed; however, the Tuesday and Wednesday routes are in affected areas so collection will be as access allows. Spoiled food and regular household garbage may be disposed of at the dumpster located at the Park District’s Old Administration building on Lincoln.

• 2-1-1 Assistance. People in need of health and human services assistance may call 2-1-1. The 2-1-1 hotline is the Heart of Illinois United Way call center at Advanced Medical Transport, an information center that will provide referrals for food, shelter, and utility assistance; physical and mental health services; home-delivered meals; childcare; and more.

• Reminders:

o Once water is restored to affected properties, a boil order will be in effect for those households until further notice.

o No open burning. Fire resources cannot be expended for unauthorized and unmanned burns.

• Food. Burger King and Taco Bell will be in the Tractor Supply parking lot with free food. This is open to the public, volunteers and first responders. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will continue to provide meals from mobile units in the affected areas.

o Fellowship Lunch. Congressman Aaron Schock is hosting a Fellowship Lunch for residents, first responders, and volunteers to reconnect:

Wednesday, November 27th
Five Points Washington
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

o Thanksgiving Meal. Crossroads will be providing a free meal on Thanksgiving Day at noon.

List of Agencies at Five Points at MARC (Multi-Agency Resource Center)


All Hands – Debris Removal

American Red Cross

Ameren IL
Bard Optical (Washington, Peoria, East, Peoria, Pekin) – free glasses, contacts, and exams

Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

Bethany Community Church

Community Compassion

Center for Prevention of Abuse

Center for Youth & Family Solutions

Central Illinois Agency on Aging

City of Pekin


Department Human Service - link card and government aid

Division of Rehabilitation Services

First United Methodist Church

Foster Pet Outreach

Foursquare Disaster Relief

Habitat for Humanity


IL Attorney General's Office - Consumer Fraud and Insurance/Legal Services

IL Department of Transportation

Mennonite Disaster Assistance

METEC HRC - Resume Writing/Housing Counseling Resource Center

Neighborhood House
Operation Blessings - Debris removal

Peoria Area Food Bank

Peoria Humane Society

Prairie State Legal

Regional Office of Education 53

SAL Child Care Connections

Salvation Army

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief - debris removal

St. Vincent de Paul USA

Tazewell Animal Control

Tazwood Mental Health Center

Tazewell County Health Department

Tzu Chi

Washington Central School

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