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HOW TO HELP: Recovery efforts continue in Barron, Rusk counties after tornado damage

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Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Find out how you can help families and individuals recover after the tornado.

RESOURCES FOR THOSE AFFECTED

To request volunteer clean-up assistance, call "211" or the Chetek Chamber of Commerce at 715-924-4440.

For questions about available assistance, services and resources, call the Barron County Department of Health and Human Services at 715-537-5691, press 1.

The Salvation Army will provide free meals and beverages to storm-affected residents and volunteers at the Mosaic Telecom

  • Tuesday, May 23  -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 24 -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

The Donation Center will be available to storm-affected residents:

  • Mon., May 22 & Tuesday, May 23 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mosaic Telecom
  • Wed., May 24 -- The Donation Center will be closed for moving
  • Thurs., May 25 & Friday, May 26 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the new location "Donation Center Warehouse", located at 309 North 1st Street, Cameron, WI -- next to the former ReStore Building in Cameron

DEBRIS CLEAN UP

Debris, including tree limbs, logs and stumpage, can be dropped off at the City of Chetek Brush Site, located at 1460 Hochmayr Drive, Chetek, WI 54728. It will be open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. The debris must be sorted into limbs, stumpage and logs. Do not bring building debris to this site.

  • Mon., May 22 - Fri., May 26 -- Open for private and commercial drop-off
  • Sat., May 27 - Mon., May 29 -- Open ONLY for private drop-off (no large commercial trucks will be permitted)

Other debris, including electronic waste and appliances, can be dropped off at Barron County Waste to Energy and Recycling, located at 575 10 1/2 Avenue, Almena, WI.

  • Disposal will be free of charge 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sat., May 20 - Mon., May 29
  • Beginning Tues., May 30, the fee schedule will resume.

Amundson Appliances in Rice Lake is willing to pick up and dispose of unwanted appliances. Call them at 715-234-8904.

Barron County Emergency Management is urging community members not to burn debris.

DONATIONS

Monetary donations are accepted at Mosaic Telecom Sites. Checks can be made out to "Mosaic Telecom". Include in the memo: "Disaster Relief Barron County Event".

Officials said they DO NOT NEED clothing, bedding or toothpaste at this time. Durable goods donations in need are listed below.

  • The Donation Center will be available to storm-affected residents:

    • Mon., May 22 & Tuesday, May 23 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Mosaic Telecom
    • Wed., May 24 -- The Donation Center will be closed for moving
    • Thurs., May 25 & Friday, May 26 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the new location "Donation Center Warehouse", located at 309 North 1st Street, Cameron, WI -- next to the former ReStore Building in Cameron

VOLUNTEERING

Volunteers are needed for physical labor and supporting roles in clerical, meal preparation, delivery and traffic. 

To volunteer, contact the Chetek Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center at 715-924-4440.

  • Volunteers for clean-up efforts are being accepted from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Volunteers MUST have closed toe shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, work gloves, bug/tick spray, water. Minors will not be allowed at the disaster site.
  • Volunteers will be accepted over the Memorial Day weekend.
  • If you have resources or services you would like to share, please call "211" for more information.


Posted on May 22, 2017:

(WQOW) - Volunteers are still needed, and those wanting to help should contact "211" to be connected. 

Rusk County and local officials are coordinating with state and federal agencies to determine what assistance is available to local residents affected by the tornado. They said a group of state officials will be visiting the area Tuesday, May 23 to see the damage.

Officials said people affected should continue to document, including making a detailed list and taking pictures of damages, and provide information to Rusk County Emergency Management by calling "211". The information gathered will be used to help determine what possible state programs may be available to provide recovery assistance.

The county said most federal disaster aid would only cover uninsured losses. It said the aid is not designed to replace personal items but rather to assist with home repairs.


Posted on May 17, 2017:

Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Find out how you can help families and individuals recover after Tuesday's tornado.


Posted May 17, 2017:

Western Wisconsin (WQOW) - Communities across northwestern Wisconsin are coming together to help families and individuals recover after Tuesday's tornado.

Here is a list of agencies who you can contact to help:

  • ON FRIDAY, MAY 19 -- St. Peters Catholic Church in Cameron -- volunteers can help clean-up the area; you should dress appropriately for the clean-up event.
  • Rusk County Sheriff's Office -- fund accounts have been established at Pioneer Bank of Wisconsin in Ladysmith and Ladysmith Federal Savings to assist families and people affected by Tuesday's tornado; monetary donations can be dropped off there.
  • Taco Juanitas in Eau Claire -- 50 percent of customer proceeds from Wednesday and Thursday will be donated to people affected by the tornado. Also, the business is giving away free meals to families and people affected.
  • American Red Cross -- help with disaster relief by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or text the word "REDCROSS" to 90999 to donate $10.

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