Urgent need: Dexter area seeks more tornado cleanup volunteers on Saturday
The Dexter area is relying on volunteers for a tornado cleanup blitz on Saturday, and at the midway point officials are asking for more help.
Lisa Allmendinger | AnnArbor.com
At least 500 people were in the Dexter area by 1 p.m., but hundreds more could be put to work to clear brush near Dexter-Pinckney Road and in other areas.
"We are looking for able adults," said Niki Polzin, a volunteer stationed at the Dexter Township Hall. "... Anybody willing to come out and put on a pair of gloves and haul stuff around."
The need will continue on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Polzin added.
Volunteers should bring chainsaws, if possible. Also sought are people with trucks and trailers "to haul debris out of the tornado zone to our dump sites," Polzin said.
Volunteers should drive to Hudson Mills Metropark, avoiding Dexter-Pinckney Road.
Once at the park, they'll be driven in a group to a work site, Polzin said. School buses and other transportation will be waiting at the park, where the volunteers can leave their cars.
Many volunteers are clustered in the Carriage Hills subdivision, but needs exist across the path of destruction left by the March 15 tornado.
Saturday's weather may have limited volunteer response, Polzin said. However, there has only been intermittent light rain and it hasn't stopped the work.
Volunteers are asked to leave children at home due to the heavy equipment at the cleanup, Polzin added.