LCC Disaster Response Continues Serving Homeowners with Boots on the Ground Within 12 Hours after Tornadoes and Storms Hit Chicago Area!
85 Homeowner Assessments Completed
62 Total Properties Scheduled – 23 Completed
On Sunday, June 20, a confirmed EF-3 tornado and catastrophic storms raged through Northern Illinois, causing extensive damage in Woodridge, Naperville, and Darien, as well as Burr Ridge and Downers Grove. Straight-line winds of at least 70mph tore through other communities. At least 250 homes were damaged, 26 are reported as uninhabitable.
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, and LCC Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T) chainsaw team leaders visited affected first responders and homeowners to assess the damage to their property. LCC L.E.R.T. volunteers began property clean-up starting on Tuesday, June 22. Pastor Mark Schultz from Trinity Lutheran Church in Lisle invited LCC to serve out of their church. We are also working with Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville.
As of today, we have met with 85 homeowners and assessed their property. We have identified 62 total sites that we can assist with. Due to tree damage in proximity to power lines and inaccessible yards for equipment, we are unable to assist some homeowners. We have been working daily, in spite of the rain, since the day after the tornado struck. Lutheran Church Charities L.E.R.T. teams have completed 23 chainsaw sites and helped two families move from their damaged homes. We will continue to serve in our district until we are done with requests.
HELP LCC SERVE FIRST RESPONDERS AND FAMILIES WITH CLEAN-UP AND RECOVERY!
Helping First Responders Who Selflessly Help Others
Serving & Supporting Family During Difficult Situations
LCC Disaster Response, along with a few neighbors, was able to help a family over two days to remove many downed trees in their yard. This family has had to move out of their home and into a hotel after many trees came down on their car and house, causing much roof and interior damage to their home. In addition to this devastation, they are caring for and facing the possible loss of their young adult child to cancer. Every team member wanted to serve here and offer Christ’s love and hope to this family during this very difficult time in their lives. We presented the father with a signed slice from one of their trees.
Helping Air Force Reserve Veteran With Large Downed Trees
LCC L.E.R.T. helped a 35 year Air Force Reserve veteran remove several large downed trees in preparation for lift work to begin late this week on three tall cracked and leaning trees over her garage. She also assisted our team as they worked and appreciated our “respect of property and our hard work ethic.” LCC thanks her for her many years of dedicated military service.
Removing Many Large Trees Damaged During Tornado
Many of the trees that have been downed or damaged by the tornado in these established communities are very large in diameter and require large heavy saws and equipment to complete the work on them. Every homeowner has been very grateful for our professional assistance with these massive trees in their yards, especially the elderly who cannot do the clean-up work themselves.
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.