Teams Deployed Immediately After Storms and Continue to Work All Requests!
Tim Hetzner, LCC President/CEO, meets with homeowners in Marengo, Illinois
On Monday, August 10, Northern Illinois experienced a rare derecho with sustained winds of 60 – 90 mph and 15 confirmed tornados, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands without power for many days.
Shortly after this major storm subsided, LCC Disaster Response Teams (L.E.R.T.) began to assist neighbors and then responding to call-outs to assist those affected within Northern Illinois.
Kathy O’Day, LCC Director of Disaster Response, and L.E.R.T. team leaders have been assessing disaster-affected sites as soon as we receive calls for assistance from pastors, congregation members, and L.E.R.T. volunteers and the community.
The following churches are where we have received requests for assistance and the cities where we have and are currently working:
Bloomingdale, Illinois – Trinity Lutheran Church (Roselle)
Elburn, Illinois – Lord of Life Lutheran Church (Elburn)
Frankfort, Illinois – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Frankfort)
Gilberts, Illinois – Immanuel Lutheran Church (East Dundee)
Kankakee, Illinois – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Bourbonnais)
Lansing, Illinois – St. John Lutheran Church (Lansing)
Lombard, Illinois – St. John Lutheran Church (Wheaton) & DuPage County CERT
Marengo, Illinois – Immanuel Lutheran Church (East Dundee) & Zion Lutheran Church (Marengo)
McHenry, Illinois – Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (McHenry)
New Lenox, Illinois – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Frankfort)
Ottawa, Illinois – Zion Lutheran Church (Ottawa)
Rockford, Illinois – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Rockford) & Immanuel Lutheran Church (Belvidere)
Villa Park, Illinois – St. John Lutheran Church (Wheaton)
Wayne, Illinois – Trinity Lutheran Church (Roselle)
Wheaton, Illinois – St. John Lutheran Church (Wheaton)
Yorkville, Illinois – Cross Lutheran Church (Helmar & Yorkville)
Approximately 75 LCC L.E.R.T. chainsaw certified volunteers and heavy equipment operators from 23 different LCMS churches have already responded to serve at 30 plus homes. Many of these homes had so many downed and damaged trees on their roofs and property that it has taken 2-3 days to safely cut and remove all of the destruction left behind.
LCC never goes where we are not invited. We NEVER charge those we serve. We pick up all of our travel and meal costs. We put boots on the ground within 24 hours (often fewer) from the time we get the invite.
Please consider a donation to the LCC Disaster Response General Fund or LCC Disaster Response 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.