Volunteers assist with storm cleanup efforts in Dawson Springs
DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) - Volunteers are still hard at work helping with storm cleanup and relief efforts in western Kentucky.
Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational disaster relief organization. Volunteers are cleaning up yards, cutting up fallen trees and repairing homes. They are also helping homeowners preserve what belongings are left.
“In the back, they are actually recovering some photographs, some mementos, some heirlooms for the family,” Keeth Willingham, program manager for U.S. Disaster Relief at Samaritan’s Purse said. “And in other instances, they’re collecting some valuables and covering them with tarp to protect them from the elements. And that way it gives the homeowner an opportunity to salvage what they can.”
Volunteers with Samaritan’s Purse are scheduled to be in Dawson Springs until mid-January, but organizers say they typically stay in one location until every request is fulfilled.
The group is currently setting up base at First Baptist Church and the Hopkins County 4-H Campgrounds.
Meanwhile, Hopkins County Judge Executive Jack Whitfield says they are moving as quickly as they can to clean up Dawson Springs so they can take advantage of FEMA’s promise to pay for the first 30 days.
The city has began burning vegetation in several locations. For the rest of the debris, a hauling and monitor company has been hired to separate and transport debris to their appropriate locations.
”They will be an efficient organization, but I am concerned because it will cause traffic issues,” Whitfield said. “You know, they’ve got to stop to pick this material up, so I ask everyone in the affected areas, please be cautious and let’s not have any accidents with these hauling companies that are going to be picking up debris.”
Whitfield also asks that everyone separate their debris into piles of vegetation, construction demolition debris, metals, hazardous material and household appliances.
Crews are going to start moving everything except vegetation, starting Monday.
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