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EIEC progressing with restoration efforts ….

                                             Restoration efforts nearly complete

Eastern Illini Electric Cooperative line crews are nearing the end of the restoration process that began Sunday afternoon as high winds and tornadoes swept through east central Illinois.

In all, 5,497 accounts were without electricity at some point during the last two days, and over 100 electric poles were knocked down. The crews are now working to identify individual lines and poles that may still be damaged. Any Eastern Illini member/owners that are still without power are encouraged to call the co-op at 800-824-5102.

Dave Champion, Eastern Illini's President/CEO said, "We would like to thank all of our member/owners for their patience as we worked to restore power as quickly and safely as possible. We'd also like to thank the four Illinois electric cooperatives that sent workers and equipment to our area to aid in the restoration process. As usual, our employees showed great determination and professionalism as they worked around the clock to get the lights back on for our member/owners." Champion continued, "The devastation that these storms left behind is tragic. Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone that lost their homes and belongings." {submitted info}

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MABAS 37 deployment to assist tornado-ravaged Gifford

Two engines and firemen from six Iroquois County departments are on duty in Gifford.

MABAS 37 was asked to deploy to the tornado-ravaged community for fire protection and to maintain nine light-towers placed throughout the town. The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System stepped up to provide engines from Chebanse Township and Cissna Park. Firefighters serving Gifford are from Stockland, Cissna Park, Loda, Buckley, Chebanse Township and Ashkum.

Ashkum Fire Chief Jeff Glenn says "in 32 years on the job as a firemen, "never have I seen a thing like this." The Champaign County town was wiped out, 200 homes destroyed. Emergency lighting is in place until power can be restored.

Glenn said in the event there's any fire calls, the Iroquois County MABAS crews will handle the situations with Gifford firemen guiding the mutual-aid help, since most of the street signs are gone.

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Want to help ? Here’s how to sign-up …

The tornado clean-up is and will be a tremendous job. And volunteers are needed. But the volunteer effort must be organized.

Gordyville USA is where you can register to volunteer. It's located on Route 136.

Champaign and Vermilion County will be busy with damage assessments. Experienced volunteers familiar with the FEMA process of documenting damaged properties are welcome to assist. www.ready.illinois.gov

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Cash Donations Needed Most for Tornado victims

*** While donations are appreciated, too much adds to response and recovery efforts ...

(Undated) -- There's been overwhelming support for tornado victims in Illinois. People have given water, food, and even provided shelter but at this point, officials say the best way to help is by providing a cash donation. They say that'll allow disaster response agencies to purchase exactly what's needed, when it's needed. And as a reminder, anyone who wishes to volunteer in person should NOT go directly to the disaster scene. Unexpected volunteers will interfere with recovery efforts. Volunteers should go to a reputable volunteer agency where they'll be trained and given a specific task. The most crucial need will be for volunteers during the long-term recovery phase, which could last for several months. For more information visit Ready.illinois.gov.

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Park District comes to terms, will lease Bourbonnais sportsplex

It appears taxpayers will eventually own the former Hidden Cove Sports Complex.

The Bourbonnais Park District Board (Monday) agreed to lease the sport plex, which had been operating as Legends Sportsplex. The lease agreement is for the next 10 years. After that 10 years, the facility belongs to the taxpayers.

Terms of the agreement are yet to ironed out. A businessmen is in line to first purchase the building for $2.4 million. The rent is listed at between $19 and $34,000 a month.

This proposed transaction comes after taxpayers last year voted NO on a bond sale in a referendum vote.

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