LCC Disaster Response Completes 24 Homeowner Damaged Sites in 14 Communities in 10 Days from Tornadoes and Storms throughout Northern Illinois
On Monday, August 9, and continuing for several hours, strong storms with torrential downpours produced a confirmed ten tornadoes, four of them in Sycamore, as part of an outbreak of severe weather in the Illinois counties of DeKalb and Kane. Then, from August 10 through August 12, all of northern Illinois experienced severe storms with 50 – 70 mph winds, causing widespread tree and home damage.
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, and several LCC Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) chainsaw leaders began assessing damage in many communities each day, while other L.E.R.T. teams provided chainsaw assistance. In 10 days, we completed 24 sites in 14 different communities with 66 volunteers.
Serving Families in Sycamore with Extensive Property Damage
These three sites required chainsaws, heavy equipment, and the boom lift in operation for seven days. Scott, one of the homeowners, had his entire family working with us each day so that his kids would see volunteers joyfully serving them and their neighbors in their time of need.
These families have been overwhelmed with the amount of damage. They are so appreciative of all of the assistance and care showed to them.
Helping Son Care for Elderly Parents Damaged Property
Sam received a frantic call from his elderly and disabled parents after strong winds blew over a large neighbor’s tree onto their garage, workshop, and yard, as well as pulled live wires into their property. Although they were grateful the tree and wires did not hit their home, they did not know how they would clean up all of the damage.
Sam worked with the L.E.R.T. team, cutting the large limbs from the roof and yard. His mom and dad sat in the yard and watched all of the work being done. She kept praising God for the angels he brought to help them. When the team was finished, she gave all hugs, blew kisses, and said a blessing.
Lutheran Church Charities also extends many thanks to the 66 volunteers that have come from the following 26 Lutheran churches in Illinois and Wisconsin: