Tornado Relief Update - 11/26/13 - 11:00AM

Published 11/26 2013 11:28AM

Updated 11/26 2013 11:30AM

Washington, Illinois Tornado Information

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

• Access. Access to affected areas will be allowed beginning Wednesday, November 27 at noon.

• Debris removal. Effective at noon Wednesday, major public works operations (debris removal) will transition to homeowner/private contractor responsibility. Please place dumpsters on your property, at least 10 feet away from the back of the curb and at least 10 feet away from fire hydrants. Do not leave dumpsters or debris on the street or public right-of-way.

• Burn ban for Washington Township. Tazewell County has declared a burn 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.

• Donations. Donation sites are available beginning Tuesday, November 26. Individuals should be prepared to unload their own items. These locations will accept bulk and individual donations.
Hagerty Brothers, 1506 Detweiller Drive in Peoria – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Catholic Charities, 1825 NE Adams Street in Peoria – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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. Call 309-444-1700 for more information.

• Contractors. A contractor meeting is scheduled Tuesday, November 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Central Junior High School, located at 601 Taylor in East Peoria. Per OSHA, contractors are invited to attend an informational meeting. Call (309) 589-7033 for more information on this meeting.OSHA representatives will be distributing safety information and will be available to answer questions. Call (309) 589-7033 for more information. Contractors wishing to do work related to tornado cleanup and restoration efforts may register at Washington City Hall.

Insurance Adjusters. Insurance adjusters will be able to access the affected areas Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Enter through checkpoints at Dallas Road/Cruger Road on the north end or Eagle Road/Business 24. No street parking. Parking is available at Washington Central Middle School.

• Power. Homeowners who need to cancel service must contact Ameren to do so. Ameren Customer Service Representatives are available at Five Points through Tuesday, November 26. You may also call 800-755-5000.

• Fellowship Lunch. Congressman Aaron Schock is hosting a Fellowship Lunch Wednesday, November 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for residents, first responders, and volunteers to reconnect. This event will be held at Five Points Washington. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

• Scams and scavengers. A lot of good, legitimate volunteers, contractors, and others are responding to offer their services and help. However, some people may try to take advantage of homeowners after disasters. Homeowners should 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. You may also contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 847-417-4893.

• Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). Open Tuesday, November 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Five Points Washington. This is a disaster relief one-stop-shop with helpful information for residents of the area.

• Illinois Secretary of State. A mobile unit will be at Five Points from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 26 to continue serving residents.

• Safety. Our top concern is the safety of our residents and volunteers. When on site at properties in affected areas, be careful walking through debris to retrieve personal belongings. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves, and protective gear for your head. Power has been restored to many of these areas and you should be alert for active overhead lines and ‘live’ underground utilities. Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency.

• 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. 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 also register at the Illinois Central College CougarPlex, located on the ICC East Peoria campus at 1 College Drive in East Peoria (near the tennis courts).

• Gift cards. Gift cards for affected residents are available at Washington City Hall and the MARC at Five Points.

• Water Leaks – Public Works crews are working on a few water leaks. If you discover a water leak, contact the Washington Public Works Department at 309-444-3196, Option 2. If you have had water, but it is not running now, there may be a water main break that is being repaired. If your water has just been turned back on, you are advised to boil your water until further notice. Also, Washington Estates boil order has now been lifted.

• FEMA. FEMA is currently conducting damage assessments. Registration information is not currently available.

• Garbage disposal. All regular routes and collections have resumed. 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 an information center that will provide referrals for food, shelter, and utility assistance; physical and mental health services; home-delivered meals; childcare; and more.

• Food. Taco Bell will be at the corner of Cummings Lane and Business 24 Tuesday and Wednesday serving free food. The American Red Cross and the Salvation Army will continue to provide meals from mobile units in the affected areas.

• 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, November 24. 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 Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Estie at 773-619-7759 or

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