Tornado: Oregonians chip in to help Aumsville

Tornado: Oregonians chip in to help Aumsville
Gov. Ted Kulongoski tours Aumsville, Ore., surveying the damage from a tornado that touched down Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010. The tornado struck the small town on Tuesday, tearing roofs off buildings, hurling objects into vehicles and homes and uprooting trees. No injuries were reported. There were early reports that some people had been trapped in cars..(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

AUMSVILLE, Ore. - A day after one of the most powerful tornadoes in recent Oregon history swept through town, community spirit remains high with many instances of neighbors helping neighbors and numerous offers of donations of food, cash and materials, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said.

A hotline has been established by the City of Aumsville to assist those affected by the tornado to in connecting with resources and to provide general information. 

That number is (503) 749-2189 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and (503) 749-2188 during all other hours.

Anyone wishing to make a cash donation to the victims of the tornado can do so at the Riverview Community Bank, P.O. Box 350, Aumsville.  Specify that the donation is for "tornado relief."  They can be contacted at (503) 749-1200

The sheriff's office said several agencies have combined efforts to ensure the safety and security of Aumsville and those affected by the tornado. There were no tornado-related incidents over night.

Operations are shifting from emergency response to mitigation and continuity of business and operations. 

The assessment of damage is critical at this time, as timely assessments are necessary in order to begin the process of requesting assistance from the State and Federal levels.

Inmate work crews from the Marion County Jail are in the area assisting with the clearing of streets and public areas. Roads will be reopened as soon as it is safe to do so, the sheriff's office said.

City of Aumsville Public Works is placing trash bins throughout the city to assist with cleanup. 

And volunteers are being assembled and coordinated at the Bethel Baptist Church, (503) 749-2128

The Red Cross is going through areas that were damaged to offer assistance and support to victims.