Churches are organizing to assist in the cleanup and repair efforts in the county's Grove neighborhood after a tornado lashed through it on Saturday.
The Saturday tornado swept through Grove causing power outages and downed trees. Several mobile homes have been condemned. The Red Cross is paying for those families to stay in local hotels for several nights. James City Social Services is also assisting affected residents.
Kate Hale, director of emergency services for James City, said 36 structures were damaged in the storm, including two commercial structures in Grove. Eight structures sustained serious damage, including six trailers.
No official damage estimate has been determined. Hale said most of the damage will be handled by private insurance companies.
Wellspring United Methodist Church is encouraging its congregation to take up an offering. On Monday volunteers with Christ Community Church helped remove trees blocking access to several trailers off Pocahontas Trail at Reed Trailer Park. Christ Community Church is also helping repair windows of two mobile homes that were damaged by the storm, which National Weather Service officials said was an EF2 on the tornado rating system, with winds of up to 135 mph.
More volunteers with the Southern Baptist Convention are expected to come later in the week to continue the cleanup efforts.
Grove Christian Outreach Center has set up a relief account with TowneBank in Williamsburg to help residents affected by the storm. Funds will assist with displacement costs such as hotel stays, food and clothing as well as home repairs and debris cleanup.
Donations can be made to the Grove Disaster Relief Account at any TowneBank branch.
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For information and help related to tornado damage, call 564-2140. Emergency management staff will refer you to area resources.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times