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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Galatia tornado clean up: Neighbors helping neighbors

  • Alan C. Ninness, director of the Emergency Management Agency of Saline County, met with the Red Cross, local volunteers, and the mayor of Galatia Thursday morning to discuss the progress of the clean up following Tuesday night's F2 tornado in Galatia.
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  • Alan C. Ninness, director of the Emergency Management Agency of Saline County, met with the Red Cross, local volunteers, and the mayor of Galatia Thursday morning to discuss the progress of the clean up following Tuesday night's F2 tornado in Galatia.
    Working on the streets Thursday were three Amish men, 16 Baptists with the Baptist Convention Emergency Relief Program and six city workers.
    Mayor David Harrawood said, "The clean up is going real well. I think we will be finished by the end of the week. Repair on the individual homes will be up to the owners."
    The mayor said the path of destruction is about a mile long and a block wide.
    Ninness asked if the city had all the heavy equipment it needed to clear away broken trees and construction rubble.
    Harrawood said, "Yes, we can do it with what we have."
    A report from the Red Cross documented two destroyed homes and 14 damaged ones. Saline County EMA’s assessment indicated a total of 28 damaged homes, but the agencies have different criteria for measuring damage. The Red Cross said it can assist victims with debit cards for supplies.
    Ninness said, "We need to help those who didn't have insurance. The Red Cross can only do so much."
    Niness said it is necessary to keep records of costs for later reimbursement.
    Red Cross worker Carol Daesch, Carbondale, said, "The people of Galatia are an example of people coming together to help each other."

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