Quinn to visit Brookport on Monday

Quinn to visit Brookport on Monday
Clean up efforts continue in Brookport (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News).
Clean up efforts continue in Brookport (Source: Arnold Wyrick, Heartland News).

BROOKPORT, IL (KFVS) - Illinois Governor Pat Quinn will hold a press conference at noon on Monday with Red Cross Regional CEO Cindy Erickson to provide an update on the relief and recovery efforts in southern Illinois.

Quinn will also mention the opening of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC).

According to Massac County ESDA, the curfew was lifted for Brookport on Saturday.


volunteers will be taken Monday, Nov. 25, due to heavy equipment being used in the area to begin the debris removal process.

Please use caution while driving in Brookport and Unionville areas.

Debris removal:

Residents are urged to bring there debris to close to the street in the right of way so the equipment can reach it. Crews will not come on your private property. Please attempt to sort your debris and make piles near the roadway with clean wood and tree an shrub material in one pile. Metals should be in a separate pile and building materials like insulation plastics shingles and other roofing material an siding in a another.

American Red Cross casework volunteers are helping residents develop long-term recovery plans following last week's tornadoes.

The Red Cross and other local social service organizations will be part of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) in Brookport, Illinois on Monday.

Residents can get a range of disaster related information and assistance.

Date and times:

Monday, November 25, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


The Old Gym (behind Brookport Elementary) at 306 Crockett St. in Brookport.

Residents are asked to bring a proof of address, such as a driver's license, utility bill or lease.

The Red Cross will continue serving meals through Sunday in the Red Cross shelter at First Baptist Church, 307 Massac Creek Rd., Metropolis, and at Mount Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1780 Mt. Sterling Rd., Brookport.

Volunteers will continue distributing meals and snacks in hard hit Brookport neighborhoods through Sunday, according to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross plans to close the Metropolis shelter Sunday. Meal service will continue from an emergency response vehicle at the MARC on Crockett Monday and Tuesday.

According to the Red Cross, volunteers served 1,132 meals and snacks to Brookport residents on Friday. To date, the Red Cross has distributed more than 2,000 clean up supplies to Brookport residents.

According to Massac County Emergency Services and Disaster Agency, it's been suggested that Sunday be a day of rest for volunteers.

As residents return to their homes, the Red Cross is reminding:

· Take precautions while cleaning property: Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, sturdy shoes and gloves when examining damage or cleaning/burning debris. If possible, wear a dust mask when cleaning or burning and rubber gloves when working with outhouse remnants, plumbing fixtures, and sewer piping. They can contain high levels of bacteria.

· Take pictures of your home's damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.

· Watch pets closely: Keep pets close so they don't get lost or injured by debris. Pets may become disoriented, particularly if the disaster has affected scent markers that normally allow them to find their home. Be aware of hazards at nose and paw or hoof level, particularly debris, spilled chemicals, fertilizers and other substances that might not seem to be dangerous to humans.

Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

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