WADENA, Minn. - Volunteer efforts for tornado cleanup in Wadena started this morning as the city looks to rebound from a devastating twister last Thursday.
All volunteers wishing to help with the cleanup are asked to arrive and park in the parking lot for the former Pamida, along U.S. Highway 71.
The parking lot will be used as a staging area for volunteers, who are asked to wait there for further directions.
Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate work clothing, gloves, safety shoes/boots, and to bring plenty of water and/or food and be ready to assist with debris removal, according to a news release issued by the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office, which is helping with efforts.
Volunteers are asked to remember some of the debris will be sharp metals and glass, with the potential for slight injury.
All contractors need to provide their contact information along with license, bond information, and insurance to City Hall prior to their arrival.
Also, Minnesota Department of Transportation and Minnesota State Patrol officials are asking all non-resident motorists to avoid the Wadena area at all costs through today. Congested traffic on U.S. Highway 10 and local roads is severely interfering with recovery efforts.
Volunteers also can call (218) 640-3432 to find out how to help. A tornado relief fund has been set up at Mid-Central Federal Savings Bank in Wadena.
Individuals who want to make contributions should contact the bank by sending correspondence to:
P.O. Box 152
Attention: City of Wadena
Disaster Recovery Fund
Wadena, MN 56482
Individuals or organizations interested in developing fundraisers or benefits to assist the victims should contact Judy Jacobs at (218) 232-6753.