IBSA communications staff was in Washington, Ill., Monday, to hear about tornado recovery efforts by local churches and Disaster Relief volunteers. We talked to Pastor Joshua Monda of First Baptist in Washington, and also saw the Disaster Relief feeding unit operating out of Woodland Baptist in Peoria. Here, some photos from the day:
Joshua Monda listens to a voice mail while he waits Monday to get back into Washington, blocked off because of possible gas leaks.
Family and friends look for keepsakes in the pile of rubble that was a home on School Street. Tornadic winds lifted it from one side of the street and set it down on the other.
Mary Boles’ daughter and son-in-law had run to the store when the tornado hit School Street. Three of their children took cover in the basement.
Morton and Pekin, nearby cities, have had storms like this. “We’ve usually been missed here,” Boles said. “This is our big hit.”
Disaster Relief volunteers working at Woodland Baptist in Peoria prepare a chili dinner for storm responders and victims.
The meals are loaded into red cambros and delivered to shelters and workers on scene by the Red Cross.
Disaster Relief vehicles parked at Woodland Baptist Church, Peoria.
Harold Booze, a Disaster Relief “blue cap” supervisor, visits the Red Cross command center to coordinate efforts between the two organizations.