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May 5, 2014

Tornado relief hubs located at 3 churches

— Three area churches are serving as sites for tornado recovery after Monday’s EF3 twisters affected an estimated 747 homes, causing $4.2 million in expenses for public assistance in Limestone County.

More than 54 Clements High School students are homeless, with 271 residences demolished or incurring major damage from the storms. County school officials are in the process of contacting the student population for Blue Springs Elementary School and verifying the status of unaccounted Clements students.

Red Cross cases

Friendship United Methodist Church at 16479 Lucas Ferry Road in Athens is the location for Red Cross case management.

Caseworkers are available daily beginning at 9 a.m. for client interviews, addressing concerns about housing, transportation, medical issues, lost prescriptions and storage.

For more information, contact the Red Cross at 256-536-0084 or

Childcare & supplies

Clements Baptist Church and Limestone County Schools are partnering together to provide free childcare for families affected by the tornadoes.

The church daycare, at 8690 U.S. 72 West, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through at least Friday, May 9.

Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk said Blue Springs teachers are staffing the daycare, with the possibility of keeping it open with retired teachers once BSES reopens.

The church also has been serving as a drop-off site for donated supplies, including toiletry items and nonperishable food. No clothing, furniture, toys or household items such as sheets, dishes or cookware will be accepted.

The hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the site open until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Showers & meals

The command center has transitioned from Blue Springs to Seven Mile Post Road Church at 14435 Seven Mile Post Road off U.S. 72 West.

Free meals, showers and laundry are available to storm survivors and response workers. Meals will be served at 7 a.m., 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily.

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