2021 Illinois Tornado: Naperville Community Radio Watch patrols storm-ravaged neighborhood overnight
Red X’s are painted in a neighborhood of Naperville, where 19 houses were found to be uninhabitable. Families who used to live here are forced to move. One of the last to do so packed Wednesday with the help of friends and co-workers.
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“It’s hard enough having to move, period, and having to do it a certain way, I can only imagine what they’re going through,” said Derek Krauss, who was helping a co-worker to move.
According to Naperville’s most recent damage assessment, 146 homes suffered major damage here as a result of Sunday night’s tornado, in addition to those condemned. As many left during repairs, it became imperative to have additional night patrols.
“It’s important and it’s essential, I think, to give people the peace of mind that things are well protected,” said Bob Young.
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Young and Joe Labut are both volunteer members of the Naperville Community Radio Watch. Trained by the police department, they are working with them and will begin surveying the neighborhood at 9 p.m. on Wednesday to make sure there is no one who shouldn’t be there.
“We function as an extra pair of eyes and ears,” said Labut. “We are trained in what to watch out for. And if there is anything suspicious we call the Naperville Police Department and they deal with it.”
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Problems of looting have been particularly high since the process of securing damaged houses took place. As police auxiliaries, CRW members take their job seriously. And the people here clearly appreciate it. Labut has volunteered with them since 1996.
“It goes further, for me, personally,” said Labut. “So the people who own the houses here, they are worried about it. We will be here all night to help make sure their property is safe.”
Community radio surveillance will be on patrol here from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Wednesday night, for now, should be their last night as all of the badly damaged homes here have now been secured.
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