In the wake of Sunday’s deadly storms the damage is immeasurable. Six people dead in Illinois and countless others are missing or injured, hundreds of homes flattened and splintered, and numerous communities leveled to rubble. And that’s only scratching the surface.
Hardest hit was Washington a town of 15,000 people east of Peoria, Illinois hit by an EF-4 tornado packing winds of 170 to 190 mph. “The devastation is just unbelievable,” said Mayor Gary Manier, estimating as many as 500 homes may have been damaged in his town. “I can’t imagine people walked away from these places.” 81 counts of tornadoes were reported to have ripped through at least five states in the Midwest, which is especially uncommon for this time of year.
I can’t begin to imagine the emotional toll this must be having on those families affected by the deadly twisters. My hopes and prayers go out to all those who’ve been impacted by the storms.
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How can you help:
The Central Illinois chapter of the Red Cross has established a shelter in the Illinois town of Washington.
Help search and find missing loved ones HERE
The Salvation Army has established a way to give immediately; you can contribute by texting STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation.
Team Rubicon is a group of veterans who come together after disasters to provide immediate relief and aid to rescue and recovery workers.
Operation Blessing, has pledged support to the region, saying it will partner with local churches and other groups and assist in aid efforts through grants and donations.