Volunteers needed for tornado debris clean-up

By WEEK Reporter

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 10:07 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- For some Washington residents, the rebuilding stage is near.

Just two weeks after the deadly EF-4 tornado, City Officials said around 100 homeowners are now applying for building permits.

Debris removal continues this week, Mayor Gary Manier estimates 8-percent of the storm debris, left curbside, has been removed.

City resources will continue to pick up that debris, but Mayor Manier said further clean up is now the responsibility of homeowners and further debris should not be put out on the curb.

"We're asking that no more goes to the curb, but what's there we're going to take. That is our responsibility," said Mayor Gary Manier, City of Washington. "What we are asking is that you contact your insurance companies to see if there is a part in that policy that would help you hire someone or call the volunteer group. They could help with that process, but you know if we continue saying 'take things to the curb' then we will never get it done."

If you need volunteer assistance call (309) 698-5001.

Volunteer numbers are dwindling in the tornado ravaged communities of Washington, East Peoria and Pekin.

Officials with the Tazewell County Volunteer Reception Center said the need for volunteers is ongoing and the opportunities available range from debris removal to clerical.

Volunteers wanting to help tornado victims can call the Tazewell County Volunteer Reception Center to register. Individuals should call (309) 698-5002. Groups can call (309) 698-5003.