Washington residents who do not live near heavily-damaged areas can now make efforts to return to the city. The town of about 15,000 was heavily damaged following Sunday’s tornados and storms. Washington Police Chief Don Volk says the nighttime curfew will stay in place for the city:
“Keep people out of the affected areas, because with Ameren trying to get gas and electric back up…we don’t want any explosions or fires…we want to try and keep people out as much as possible,” Volk says.
Volk says anyone interested in volunteering to help should call the Tazewell County health department instead of trying to enter the city. Volk says the Washington Chamber of Commerce is heading efforts to accept donations for those affected by the storms. He says Residents can also use public dumpsters at the Washington Park District parking lot for general garbage and food waste. Officials say property damage assessments will take at least two more days.