tornado http://peoriapublicradio.org en Disaster recovery center opens in Washington http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/disaster-recovery-center-opens-washington <div>The Tri-County Long-Term Recovery Center opened in Washington today. &nbsp;The goal of the facility in Sunnyland Plaza is to help residents affected by the November 17th tornado with financial and emotional support. &nbsp;Jim Fassino chairs the non-profit recovery center. He says the center includes access to a central database for resident needs:</div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26680 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Disaster recovery center opens in Washington Eight months post-tornado: rebuilding continues http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/eight-months-post-tornado-rebuilding-continues <div>The City of Washington has issued more than 700 building permits to residents as they recover from last year’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the permits are for partial and completely destroyed homes:<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre"> </span></div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The city issued 360 permits for total rebuilds and 340 for repairs. That covers about 60-percent of the homes damaged or destroyed following the </span>EF-4<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tornado that tore through the area November </span>17th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Washington City Administrator Tim Gleason says many of the remaining 400 homeowners with damaged properties are still waiting:</span></p></div><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 26651 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Eight months post-tornado: rebuilding continues Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-schools-honors-city-tornado-recovery-efforts <div>Washington School District 51 recognized city officials for their recovery efforts following the November 17th tornado. The district recognized Washington’s mayor, city administrator, police and fire chief for helping re-open the schools following the devastating storms. &nbsp;District Superintendent Chad Allaman says the officials helped quickly re-open the primary and middle schools:</div><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:11:32 +0000 Alex Rusciano 24444 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington schools honors city for tornado recovery efforts For some, closure after demolition of tornado-damaged apartment complex http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/some-closure-after-demolition-tornado-damaged-apartment-complex <div>Demolition crews are tearing down the Georgetown Common Apartments in Washington, Illinois. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the apartment complex is one of the focal points in the recovery from November tornado:</div><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:29:46 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23625 at http://peoriapublicradio.org For some, closure after demolition of tornado-damaged apartment complex Washington issues 600 permits for tornado recovery efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-issues-600-permits-tornado-recovery-efforts <div>Washington has issued more than 600 permits to help residents rebuild following last year’s tornado. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports:</div><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 05:36:53 +0000 Alex Rusciano 23385 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington issues 600 permits for tornado recovery efforts Annual Peoria luncheon honors tornado relief efforts http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/annual-peoria-luncheon-honors-tornado-relief-efforts <div>The Peoria Salvation Army is honoring groups and individuals for their relief efforts following the November 17th tornado. &nbsp;The recognition was part of the Salvation Army’s annual Community Luncheon. Crossroads United Methodist Church in Washington was honored for housing Salvation Army recovery efforts. &nbsp;Evie Diaz is the division commander for the Salvation Army Heartland Division. She says the luncheon honors different kinds of recovery:</div><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 19:19:39 +0000 Alex Rusciano 22612 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Annual Peoria luncheon honors tornado relief efforts Talking with an Illinois storm chaser http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/talking-illinois-storm-chaser <p>Tornado season starts in March. On average, 35 tornados touch down in Illinois each year. &nbsp; Jeffrey Frame is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois. &nbsp;He says that makes Illinois one of the better places for chasing storms. &nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:21:09 +0000 Lindsey Moon 19833 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Talking with an Illinois storm chaser Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/washington-mayor-fema-failed-illinois <div>FEMA has denied Illinois’ appeal for public assistance with recovery from the November 17th tornadoes. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the town of Washington with a monster clean-up bill:</div><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 05:25:00 +0000 Alex Rusciano 19784 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Washington Mayor: FEMA failed Illinois International group helping tornado victims http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/international-group-helping-tornado-victims <div>An international organization is teaming up with local non-profits to provide starter kits for families who lost everything in the November 17th tornadoes. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul as well as the local Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Jewish Federation raised enough funds to help up to 200 families.</div><div> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:52:32 +0000 Denise Molina 19244 at http://peoriapublicradio.org International group helping tornado victims State submits $21M to FEMA for tornado clean-up costs http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-submits-21m-fema-tornado-clean-costs <div>The Illinois Emergency Management Agency appealed the federal decision to deny public reimbursement for November tornado clean-up costs. Peoria Public Raido’s Alex Rusciano reports the appeal includes more than $21 million in disaster-related expenses state-wide:</div><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 02:21:04 +0000 Alex Rusciano 18620 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State submits $21M to FEMA for tornado clean-up costs