Tornado Relief Update - 11/27/13 10:00AM

Published 11/27 2013 10:35AM

Updated 11/27 2013 10:37AM

Washington, Illinois Tornado Information
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

• Access. Access to affected areas will be allowed beginning today at noon.

• Parking ban. A parking ban for the affected areas will begin today. This will be enforced from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. in these areas until further notice.

• Debris removal. Effective today, mutual aid from outside agencies will no longer be available to assist with debris removal. Starting at noon today, major public works operations (debris removal) will transition to homeowner/private contractor responsibility. While the majority of the debris removal will become the responsibility of the homeowner, the City will still have a presence in debris removal and City crews will continue to work to keep streets clear for residents and emergency crews. 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. Do not place hazardous waste, large appliances, or electronics in dumpsters.

• FEMA. If you were impacted by the tornadoes, you may register with FEMA for grants and low-interest loans. Call 1-800-621-FEMA or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) or visit to apply for disaster assistance. The FEMA disaster number for Illinois is 4157. *You must contact FEMA to apply for assistance. If you get a call from someone asking for your personal information, this is a scam.*

• Scams. If you suspect someone is trying to scam you, or if you see suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement at 309-444-2313. You may also contact the Illinois Attorney General’s Office at 847-417-4893.

• Building permits. City of Washington staff will be at the library at Five Points, starting Monday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday-Friday to issue building permits for residents in affected areas.

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

• Multi-Agency Resource Center. Open Wednesday, November 27 from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 401 Walnut Street in Washington. Also open Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30. This is a disaster relief one-stop-shop with helpful information for residents of the area.

• Power. Contact Ameren at 800-755-5000 with questions about your service or to cancel service.

• Volunteers. If you need volunteer assistance for debris removal, please call 309-698-5001. If you are interested in volunteering, you must be 18 years or older. Individuals may call 309-698-5002 to register. Groups may call 309-698-5003 to register. 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).

The City of Washington would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. We thank you all for your dedication to this community and for your efforts this past week-and-a-half. We look forward to rebuilding together and are thankful for everyone who has shown their support from near and far.
One team. One town. One country. One heart.
Washington Strong.

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