Tornado Victims Plead for Return of Belongings

Victims of a tornado that devastated Washington, Ill. are pleading with any families downwind of the storm who might have discovered possessions to return them to their rightful owners.

Victims of a tornado that tore through Washington, Ill. in November are asking for the safe return of any belongings that may have been carried to other towns.

A woman seeking letters written by her late brother appeared on WGN Wednesday, and others have taken to social media as a means to search for their personal effects. Many items have been turned over to the Morton Public Library—a drop-off spot for any items left behind. 

Several Lemont residents reported finding debris—ipieces of photos, newspaper remnants and personal checks—presumably carried from the Washington area. 

A volunteer with the library thanked Lemont residents for sending any found belongings to the library. 

"Today, the volunteers working on tornado recovery efforts received many packages of photos and personal mementos found in Lemont," wrote the volunteer. "Thank you so very much for taking time and caring enough to send these to the central clearinghouse at the Morton Public Library so they can be reunited with the owners. If you've found something, please mail it in and we'll work to get it home."

If you happen to find anything that could belong to a tornado victim, the Morton Public Library is acting as a drop off spot and pick up center for lost items.

Morton Public Library
315 W Pershing St., Morton, Ill. 61550
(309) 263-2200


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