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BELMOND, IA – Today marks one month since a tornado ripped through the town of Belmond destroying nearly everything in its path.
Wright county did receive a national disaster declaration but some residents didn’t have access to that help, because they didn’t qualify with the amount of damage they did receive. But they still need assistance.
Dennis Triggs owns a property that was directly in the tornado’s path and says he didn’t qualify for any government assistance, that’s when Global Compassion Network stepped in.
“Just doing some tree work here, trying to save him some money.”
Dennis Anderson and a crew are working all day to help the Triggs’, and their property, get back to normal.
“Global Compassion Network exists to help those who’ve been impacted by disaster to provide assistance,” adds Anderson.
The non-profit organization has aided in disaster relief all around the country including a trip to Oklahoma to help with tornado clean up there.
But in Iowa they’re teaming up with another non-profit; Valley Disaster Relief.
Crews are working on chopping down some of the trees that have partially fallen or collapsed all the way. They’re gathering all that debris up and burning it in a pile. All of the people at work are volunteering their time and equipment to help the Triggs family.
Kim Dreher is working as the arborist deciding which trees need to go. He says coming to Belmond to help out is something they’ve been planning for a while.
“We had actually called earlier after the tornado hit and no one knew if anybody needed help so this is an awesome opportunity for our group to come out and help somebody,” explains Dreher.
The two organizations say they originally planned to help out at just that one house, but were more than willing to help other families in Belmond if they needed assistance.
If you’d like to learn more about the organizations we’ve posted links to their websites. Look for this story under “Links We Mentioned.”