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Crystal Lake man seeks volunteers for relief efforts

A Crystal Lake man is looking for volunteers for three separate trips to different parts of the country recently affected by natural disasters.

Bernie Boyle has five area residents on board for a trip the first week of December to Marseilles, which was devastated by flooding last April. The town about 75 miles southwest of Chicago had more than 200 homes destroyed or damaged during the flood, which included a damaged dam from several barges breaking loose.

“This is something we have had planned for quite some time,” said Boyle, who has twice gone to Joplin, Mo., and once gone to Moore, Okla., with volunteers to help with tornado relief efforts. “Many homes [damaged] in Marseilles still need to be redone.”

For the upcoming trip, Boyle is looking for skilled tradesman such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters to accompany the group to Marseilles to rebuild homes.

Boyle is hoping to put together another group of volunteers after his travels to Marseilles to head to Washington, near Peoria, to help tornado relief efforts there. The town was devastated by a tornado earlier this month, with more than 1,000 homes either destroyed or damaged.

Volunteers could also be needed for a second trip to Oklahoma in March or April of next year.

To volunteer, call Boyle at 815-788-1050 or email icarve2@comcast.net.

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