Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief (IBDR) volunteers were in Taylorville one day after an EF-3 tornado damaged 500 structures there. The Dec. 1 storms, rare this late in the year, affected several central Illinois communities. The most severe damage was in Christian County, where at least 26 people were injured.
Disaster Relief teams mobilized to Taylorville Sunday, with assessors working to evaluate needs and one chainsaw team already working to remove limbs felled by the storm.
“We expect other teams to arrive today (Dec. 3),” said IBDR state coordinator Dwayne Doyle. “We will need chainsaw-trained cutters and lots of volunteers who are available to help clean up.” Doyle said IBDR will connect DR-trained volunteers with teams already on the ground or planning to help in Taylorville.
The IBDR Incident Command Center is currently set up in the Agricultural Building at the Christian County Fairgrounds. All IBDR-trained volunteers are welcome to check in there to be connected with active teams, Doyle said.
For more information about teams serving in Taylorville, e-mail RespondIBDR@gmail.com. Click here to donate to Illinois Baptist Disaster Relief.