Lutheran Church Charities has been invited by Pastor Andy Weden, Northern Wisconsin District Disaster Coordinator and Pastor Paul Scheunemann from Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain, Wisconsin to deploy chainsaw Lutheran Early Response Teams (LERT) and much needed heavy equipment to help with tornado recovery. Mountain is a small rural town of approximately 850 people located in Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Wisconsin.
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response has begun assessing the damage today and LCC LERT teams will be deployed to assist homeowners from August 22 through August 25 with chainsaw operators, draggers and heavy equipment, such as the boom lift, bobcats, tractors with grapples and the dump trailer.
The tornado occurred on July 20 and downed hundreds of trees on properties throughout the town. Local LERT team and community members have been working as much as they can to clear properties.
However, there are several congregation members that have multiple trees down or extensive damage surrounding their homes, including the elderly and a disabled veteran, all in need of advanced chainsaw assistance.
LCC LERT teams continue to make a difference by showing those affected by disasters LCC’s mission to share the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those who are suffering and in need as we serve in this community.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel, hotel, and meals costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.