Long Term Relief Fund Chairperson Alexis Ferracuti says a recovery the experts said would take three or four years is on track to take just a year-and-a-half. So far, she has helped oversee $291,000 in spending from $301,000 in donations for Naplate-Ottawa tornado relief.
Ferracuti estimates it’ll take another $25,000 to finish recovery spending in about six months. Donations are still being accepted at www.srccf.org. Or call the Peter Ferracuti Law Firm at 815-434-3535
Naplate Fire Chief John Nevins credits Naplate’s quick recovery to the late Mayor Jim Rick.
One moment of silence at the anniversary gathering in Naplate last night was for Rick. Another was for Wayne Tuntland and his son-in-law D.J. Johnson, who were killed when the tornado knocked over a tree on Ottawa’s south side. Dave Johnson, Sr. recalled it.
D.J. Johnson was Brianna Laura’s uncle.
Johnson’s husband Toby Tuntland survived.
A monument commemorating the coming together of two communities will be placed soon on the Ottawa-Naplate boundary.