Storm Victims Look To Recovery Center For Help

By John Lauritsen, WCCO-TV 

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Clean-up continues after the storm in north Minneapolis, and so does the number of people needing supplies and other necessities.

The Recovery Center at Farview Park was set up on Wednesday, and thousands of people have been able to go there and get food, clothing, and help with healthcare needs.

“I need everything a person can help me with,” said Terrance Reeves. Friday was the second day in a row Reeves has stepped in line, waiting to get the supplies he needs for himself and his kids. “My house is totally destroyed. It’s unbelievable. My three kids and I are outdoors, we have nowhere to go,” said Reeves.

Tina Schire was also there Thursday and was back again Friday, expecting to be in line at least a couple hours.

“I got here at 4 p.m. yesterday, and I didn’t get out of here until 9 p.m.,” said Schire.

It is not an easy thing to do, and organizers said after a slow start things have gotten better.

“The process now, you are looking at 30 minutes to an hour wait as opposed to two to three hours. It’s essentially gotten quicker, better, and more efficient,” said Adam Lares of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board.

The reason for the faster line is because now everyone is receiving basically the same thing, mostly toiletries, cleaning supplies and hygiene products.

Storm victims register, receive a ticket and then get in line. A line that for Terrance and Tina moved far quicker on Friday than it did Thursday.

“It was way better than yesterday. Yesterday you couldn’t get in because there were so many people,” said Reeves.

“I was here maybe an hour. So it went very, very fast today. So I’m very, very thankful,” said Schire.

Organizers said Friday will be the last day for the Recovery Center. After today, any supplies they have left over can be found at area shelters in north Minneapolis.

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