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Volunteers Still Needed?

Volunteers have been a big source of help for families whose homes were destroyed in last week's tornado.

But a sign on the door to the pleasant springs town hall says no volunteers are needed until at least Thursday. Town officials say due to heavy equipment working to remove heavy brush, extra vehicles just get in the way.

But residents with lots of cleanup still left to do are upset the town has the authority to turn people away.

“When we walked into the building there were two other people next to us,” says volunteer Greg Sainsbury. “They thought we all wanted to come in and they said we'll take two not four.”

Volunteer Donette Sainsbury says clear communication is the key. “There has got to be some better communication as to where people can go to get wristbands to volunteer.”

Bob McGinnis is a official with the Pleasant Springs Town Board. He explains the reasoning behind the Towns decision. “We don't want general volunteers now because we want to keep the roads clear we are letting individual people who have a specific place to go as long as they can park in the driveway and go in.”

If you want to volunteer or are in need of general help, call the town hall at 873–3063 and give your contact information.

They'll start sending out volunteers as soon as the roadways are cleared. And police barricades should be removed as soon as the sheriff's department deems the area both safe and secure.


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