Washington Crews Cleaning Up Debris

Clean up from Monday’s ice storm is underway in Washington.

Mayor Gary Manier says that many of the city’s older trees buckled under the weight of the ice, dropping branches and limbs on homes, cars, and knocking out power.

Manier says Washington Public Works crews are picking up debris from the storm off the streets.

“We’re trying to get everything out of the streets so people can move about the city today (Tuesday). And, hopefully Ameren continues to do their job,” said Manier.

He tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan Show that Ameren Illinois as of Tuesday morning Ameren Illinois had restored power to about 80-percent of Washington residents.

The city is opening up to the public the retention basin used after the tornado in 2013 for disposal of storm-related debris through Sunday.

The retention basin, located on Dieble Road, will be open every day this week, except New Year’s Day, from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Manier says Community Organizations Active in Disaster, or COAD, the group that helped many Washington residents recover after the tornado, may be called in to help some residents clean up debris.

“We’re going to work with Bethany Church and Pastor Ben Davidson, and we’ll work with Don Cook at Tazewell County, to recommend a volunteer program again to see if we can’t get help to some of those folks that can’t do it,” said Manier.

The mayor says much like after the November 17, 2013 tornado, Washington residents will help each other clean up their community.

For more information on COAD assistance, contact Bethany Church Pastor Ben Davidson at (309) 472-2388.

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