LCC Disaster Response Completed Chainsaw Clean-Up at 57 Homeowner Sites So Far After Tornadoes and Storms Hit the Towns of Woodridge, Naperville, and Downers Grove, Illinois
107 Homeowner Assessments Completed
74 Total Properties Scheduled – 57 Completed
On Sunday, June 20, a confirmed EF-3 tornado and catastrophic storms raged through Northern Illinois, causing extensive damage in Woodridge, Naperville, and Downers Grove, as well as Burr Ridge and Darien. Straight-line winds of at least 70mph tore through other communities. According to the final reports given this week, the Village of Woodridge had 400 homes damaged and 29 destroyed, and Naperville had 231 homes damaged and 19 destroyed. These are many families' lives changed forever.
Lutheran Church Charities continues to serve the hard-hit communities of Woodridge, Naperville, and Downers Grove. As of today, we have met with 107 homeowners to assess their property damage. We have identified 74 total sites that we can assist with. To do this more effectively, LCC has invited Pastor Ed Brashier, LCMS Southern District Disaster Response Coordinator, and Shepherds Heart Ministry Director, to assist our teams with his 65’ boom lift and mini-bobcat. This will allow us to help more homeowners daily with chainsaw lift work to broken and damaged trees. Different Lutheran Church Charities L.E.R.T. team members volunteer daily and have completed 57 sites. We will continue to serve in our district until we are done with all of the requests.
Assisting Neighbors By Removing Multiple Damaged Trees
LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw teams assisted two neighbors on one of the hardest-hit streets in Woodridge. Joe is living in his damaged home, and Steve’s is uninhabitable. Both had several broken trees that needed to be felled and removed using the boom lift. Joe kept telling us that he couldn’t believe that we would offer to do this for free, were are so professional, and that we were a blessing to him and his neighbors.
Helping Neighbors with Damaged Tree Across Their Properties Plus Others
We assisted another set of neighbors in Woodridge. One tree from an elderly woman’s yard was leaning precariously into the neighbor’s yard. This family had the leaner and several other trees with damaged limbs and a large broken evergreen to remove. It was a very difficult and technical job to do for the boom lift team in order to avoid causing further damage to a garage, fencing, and power lines. They were very appreciative of the hard work and kindness shown to them for the day and a half we spent at their homes.
LCC received the following thank you notes from those we have served sharing appreciation for the LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw teams:
Thank you, and God Bless you at Lutheran Church Charities, especially Deaconess Kathy O’Day and her great team, who were there in response to all of us affected by the tornado that ripped through our Woodridge community. Their professionalism and cheerful work will forever be remembered in my prayers. They truly are an example to all of the goodwill in doing God’s work.”
LCC Disaster Response extends a heartfelt thank you to LiftWorks in St. Charles, Illinois, for loaning us at no charge a TM64 Nifty boom lift for three days while they were repairing ours. We appreciate your generosity so that we can continue serving those affected by the tornadoes.
The LCC Disaster Response Ministry never charges those we serve. Please donate to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Equipment Maintenance & Fuel Expense Fund so that we may continue to show the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ to those suffering and in need.
Please keep the families affected by the tornado and storms in your prayers, including all of the LCC Disaster Response volunteers and staff as we deploy to the hardest-hit areas of Northern Illinois to help during the long recovery process.
Your prayers, support, and involvement help Make A Difference – in the name of Jesus to those in need.