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Red Cross work continues for tornado victims

Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:33 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 12:36 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The American Red Cross is still needing help with the tornado-recovery efforts in Washington, Ill.

In November 2013, an EF4 tornado roared through Central Illinois, killing seven people and damaging more than 1,000 homes in Washington.

On Friday, Bureau County Red Cross director Lori Compton said the Red Cross remains on site and continues its case work with families. The Red Cross is doing a lot of referral work in helping families get their needs met. Red Cross volunteers, which have included Bureau County residents, continue to work on three-week schedules, she said.

The need is still great in Washington and the Red Cross will remain there indefinitely until the needs are met, Compton said. When you consider the extent of the devastation of the November tornado and the hindrance caused by the cold and snowy winter, she’s sure there’s still much to be done as far as clean-up and, of course, the start of rebuilding homes, she said.

Compton urged Bureau County residents to continue to be generous in the giving to the disaster relief program through the American Red Cross. Though the need may be in Washington right now, the next time it could be a tornado or flooding much closer to home, right here in Bureau County, she said.

On Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn announced a $45 million state relief package to help Illinois local governments in nine Central Illinois counties recover from the November tornadoes. This assistance was assembled at Quinn’s direction following the Federal Emergency Management Agency denial of the state’s appeal for federal disaster assistance for local governments.

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