LCC Disaster Response L.E.R.T. Deployed Immediately Late Monday to Assess & Begin Clean-Up from Derecho Storm Damage
L.E.R.T. Volunteers with Heavy Equipment Are Helping Those Most Impacted
Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) Disaster Response Lutheran Early Response Team (L.E.R.T.) volunteers deployed out immediately late Monday after a rare Derecho storm - described as an "inland hurricane for more than 100 miles" - passed through northern Illinois, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands without power.
We have been out since late Monday, all day Tuesday, and early today with our chainsaw teams to begin clean-up efforts, as well as responding to on-going calls for help and property assessments, and will continue to be out serving people who have been affected by the storm.
LCC Disaster Response L.E.R.T. has more than 280 trained and certified chainsaw volunteers with multiple pieces of heavy equipment, trailers, lifts and tractors.
Chainsaw teams are currently serving affected families through the following churches:
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)
Marengo, Illinois – Immanuel Lutheran Church (East Dundee)
McHenry, Illinois – Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (McHenry)
New Lenox, Illinois – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Frankfort)
Rockford, Illinois – Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (Rockford) & Immanuel Lutheran Church (Belvidere)
Villa Park, Illinois
Wayne, Illinois – Trinity Lutheran Church (Roselle)
Wheaton, Illinois – St. John Lutheran Church (Wheaton)
Because of the severe widespread damage, the teams will be out at least through the weekend. We are adding locations by the hour as needs continue to come in.
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.