Monday, June 26, 2017

Forby and Phelps urge Southern Illinois communities to unite again after devastating tornado

Brookport residents Dalton Wright and Isom Anderson (above) spent Sunday evening looking over the Brookport neighborhood that was destroyed by Sunday's EF-3 tornado. The tornado killed three of their neighbors.  ~ Photo courtesy Delanie Douglas
Brookport residents Dalton Wright and Isom Anderson (above) spent Sunday evening looking over the Brookport neighborhood that was destroyed by Sunday’s EF-3 tornado. The tornado killed three of their neighbors.
~ Photo courtesy Delanie Douglas

HARRISBURG, IL – After torrential thunderstorms and a tornado tore through Brookport and other parts of Illinois, state Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) and state Sen. Gary Forby (D-Benton) are encouraged by the governor’s state of disaster proclamation following a tour of the damaged areas on Monday, and are urging local residents to remain positive.

“I know it is a very busy time for Governor Quinn, but it is times like this when the governor will be called on by the people of Illinois,” Phelps said.  “It just seems like yesterday, the city of Harrisburg found itself in the same position and I never wanted to go through a tragedy like this again.  Again, I urge all those to donate what they can and I am thankful for corporations like Exxon Mobil for their commitment to the disaster relief and clean-up effort with their very generous donation to the people of Illinois.”

The disaster declaration covers Champaign, Douglas, Grundy, Jasper, LaSalle, Massac, Pope, Tazewell, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, Will and Woodford counties.  This will ensure that state resources and personnel are available to assist with response and recovery efforts.  Additionally, IEMA regional personnel will be assessing the extent of the damage, lost belongings and debris removal plans.  Local police are currently keeping a curfew of 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. in place in Brookport.  Limbs, debris and power lines are still down in the area and many roads still are still inoperable.

“The outpour of support from emergency responders and volunteers has been incredible,” Forby said. “The governor and his staff are working hard to assist with recovery efforts and to provide as much information as possible to folks affected by this tragedy.  I encourage residents to continue helping with the clean-up but to be careful of downed power lines and debris.”

The Red Cross has set up headquarters at the First Baptist Church in Metropolis and has been accepting donations.  Any questions regard additional drop points should be directed to Mercy Regional EMS at 270-450-8050.  Additionally, according to Ameren Illinois, power has been restored to most of Brookport. The only area still without power is in the Lock and Dam area.

For more information, contact Rep. Phelps’ constituent service office at (618) 253-4189 and Sen. Forby’s constituent service office at (618) 439-2504.

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