Residents get dirty to help with Washington recovery

By WEEK Producer

May 17, 2014 Updated May 17, 2014 at 9:37 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Volunteers from all over Central Illinois joined in the recovery efforts.

Dozens of volunteers from Rotary International got their hands dirty, in an effort to bring life back to this park.

The group is removing five acres of grass to rid the ground of glass, nails, and wood fragments left by the storm.

Some of the volunteers came all the way from Jacksonville and Springfield.

"The volunteerism that's happened in Washington since the tornado is pretty incredible...This park was the hardest hit. You can't really see the debris, it's buried in the grasses, but this is the only way to get it out is to take it up and replant, so we have a nice safe park for all the children," said Washington rotary chapter member Jim Bremner.

Organizers say new sod will be planted in just over a week.

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