Moline neighborhood residents rally around each otherWritten by Andy Ouriel | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Bradfield created a list June 8.
Moline residents were asked to record damages to their properties, so they could get reimbursed by their insurance companies aft er a tornado ripped through Lake Township on June 5.
But Bradfield’s compilation is unlike her neighbors’.
It’s shorter than most. The list fits on one single-spaced notebook page casually written in blue ink.
Bradfield isn’t listing damages. Instead, she is writing down which of her personal belongings survived the tornado.
Her house of 20 years was missing.
Bradfield’s home was obliterated in the storm. The only part of her home, located on Neill Avenue, still structurally intact is her basement. It’s the location Bradfield, her husband, 4-year-old son and dog hid during the tornado.
The rest of the residence is compacted into one long pile of wood in the backyard.
The only possessions remaining to Bradfield’s family fit inside a 15-foot long trailer.
“Everything was lost,” Bradfield said. “That’s all that we have. It’s going to take awhile, but we have to start all over again. We have nothing. We don’t even have clothes.”
Bradfield’s home suffered the worst damage of any houses in the Indian Creek subdivision. A couple of other homes will also need major renovations to areas hit hardest, such as roofs and windows.
Sharon Cundiff ’s home of 10 years is “structurally unsafe.” Authorities said her house twisted or was lifted from the original foundation.
Cundiff , who is staying at the Hampton Inn with her husband, is returning to her home every day. She has to report damages to her insurance company. She also wants to be in the area.
As she steps through her house carefully — she has to with shattered glass littering the floor — she still can’t believe this disaster hit such a small community.
The tornado significantly affected Luann Albert’s home on Cherokee Avenue as well. The roof from the front of her house is gone. Her finished basement is flooded, water drenched the drywall and a swing set crumbled.
But she is ecstatic her husband, daughter and grandchildren, who live on Moline Martin Road, were all safe during the storm.
“We could have had it much, much worse. We are very grateful.”
Several different groups are helping the community cope with the tragedy. The Lake Township Police Department is constantly checking in with individuals and making sure everyone is healthy.
Local churches, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the Red Cross and Pizza Hut are delivering supplies to each home.
The community couldn’t be more thankful for the generosity.
“The community has come together,” Bradfield said. “Instead of just being the neighborhood, we are family.”
Cundiff said neighbors are also playing a huge part in cleaning up the disaster. They are on-call 24 hours a day to pick up supplies, clean up yards and remove trash from homes.
“The outpouring of people has just been phenomenal,” she said. “It just makes you feel proud that still exists today.”
In the coming weeks, Moline’s residents will come together to make several decisions about residences in the neighborhood.
After the disaster gets cleaned up, the community will make it a priority to move forward. And it will take a bonded community to do so, Albert said.
“I think it’s going to bring us all much closer, even closer than we were already,” she said.
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