Tornado Recovery Information for Victims & Volunteers – Monday 4/13

Tornado Recovery Information for Victims & Volunteers – Monday 4/13

Ogle County Sheriff’s Office

News Release

4/13/15 10 a.m.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ogle County Sheriff’s
Department at 815-562-1001

Access Points:

Effective immediately, Monday April 13, South Skare Court will
be closed to general traffic and open only for debris removal vehicles. In addition, South Skare Road is closed to
traffic in both directions.


Volunteers are still needed!
Please check in with the Operation Blessing Mobile Command Center
located at the corner of Jones Road & 9th Street, the Helms
Field parking lot. Check –in is at 9:00
a.m. with orientation and assignment at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and dress
to work with sturdy shoes, safety glasses, long pants and gloves. The volunteers must also provide their own
transportation to and from the work sites.
Volunteer opportunities will be posted daily on the Ogle County
Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

Personal Property:

Anyone locating personal items (i.e. photos, valuables,
keepsakes) found from affected area storm damages are asked to bring the items
to the Ogle/Lee Fire Protection District Fire Station located at 5288 South
Center Road, Flagg Center. Starting
today the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office posted a resource for found property on Ogle County Sheriff’s
Office-FOUND Property Facebook page.

Affected Residents:

Affected residents who require assistance may contact any of
the following resources:

· Samaritan’s Purse International Relief: (815)564-8404

o Samaritan’s Purse is an international Christian relief organization.

o Receiving request for emergency assistance.

o This is a FREE service.

o First come, first serve basis

· Salvation Army: located at United Methodist
Church located at 709 4th Street Rochelle offering vouches for
lodging, dining, and groceries for storm victims. Also available, clothing and food. Please bring identification.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

· American Red Cross:

o Located at the Rochelle Township High School
located at Door 15

o Available 24 hours (877) 597-0747

o Affected residents are urged to register with
the American Red Cross. This
registration is important for access to potential future resources.

· Operation Blessing: Residents to call in volunteers needs at (757) 226-3858

· Sinnissippi Centers (24 hours & Crisis): 1-800-242-7642

· Warehouse
105 South Main: Affected Residents
may go to this location for donated supplies/goods.

· Rochelle Elementary District 231 and Lincoln School Cookout on Thursday, April 16th
from 5p.m. -7p.m. at Lincoln 1450 N. 2nd Street Rochelle

o Invites affected residents and EMS personnel to
a free cookout


· All contractors must visit the Illinois Attorney
General’s Representative at the EMAT (Emergency Management Assistance Team)
Trailer located in the West end of the Rochelle Township High School parking
lot. Contractors should enter the
parking lot via North 20th Street at Flagg Road.


Please do Not Send Donations of clothing, food, water, etc. Officials
are requesting that the general public refrain from those donations as we do
not need these items.

We prefer the following donations:

· Donations of gift cards may be delivered to the
Rochelle Fire Department, located at 401 5th Avenue in Rochelle.

· Monetary donations may be made through the
Rochelle Area Community Foundation at or via postal mail
at PO Box 74, Rochelle, IL 61068.

Burn Ban:

Effective immediately the burn ban has been lifted for all
of Ogle County.

Skare Park Closed:

Skare Park is closed until further notice.

Debris Management:


· Debris needs to be sorted

· Residents in affected area may
place trees and landscape debris in ditches outside of city limits

· Construction debris and
demolition debris includes any dimensional lumber, plywood, scrap metals,
shingles, siding, etc: Must be separated
from landscape waste. Home owners are
requested to work through insurance carriers

· Restricted items not
accepted: Appliances, TV, Electronics, and
Hazardous Materials

o Appliances, electronic waste and household hazards are banned from
landfills and must be recycled or managed separately from waste going to the

o A recycling event for electronics is scheduled for April 18, 2015,
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lincoln Elementary School parking lot in

· Scrap metals may be taken to
local recycling facilities. The
responsibility of handling these materials is up to individual property

· Regular household waste
collection by area waste haulers will continue as usual

· If debris is not sorted, it will
not be collected

· Behr Iron & Metal in Rochelle
is open to collect recyclable scrap metal and appliances until 1pm on Saturday
4/11 and from 9-Noon on Sunday 4/12.

· Contractors with existing
accounts with Northern Illinois Disposal may utilize the Rochelle Landfill from
1-6pm on Saturday 4/11 and 7am-3pm on Sunday 4/12.s

· For more information contact the
Ogle County Solid Waste Department at (815) 732-4020 or visit

Zoning Permits Required for Storm Damage Reconstruction:

The Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department is reminding residents of
unincorporated Ogle County that a Zoning Certificate (permit) is required for
the reconstruction of buildings substantially damaged or destroyed by the
recent tornado of April 9, 2015. The staff of the Planning & Zoning Department is available to assist in
completing the required application process, application fees will be waived,
and issuance of Zoning Certificates will be expedited.

If a portion or all of a building was
destroyed, a Zoning Certificate is required prior to reconstruction. For
repairs such as replacement of windows, siding, shingles, or other similar
repairs, no Zoning Certificate is required.

For questions regarding whether or not a Zoning Certificate is required, please
contact the Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department at (815) 732-1190 or .

Next scheduled Press Conference is Tuesday, April 14th at 10:00 a.m. at
Rochelle City Hall located at 420 N 6th Street, Rochelle, IL.