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Oct 06th


Farview Recreation Center to serve as Disaster Recovery Center

Victims of the storm damage will be encouraged to go to Farview Recreation Center to learn from various social service agencies about different programs to assist them with their recovery needs. On Tuesday, May 24 the site will be set up and is scheduled to open to the public on Wednesday from 9 am to 7pm. The site will remain open as long as services are needed. 

Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Storm Response Update
As of 4 pm Monday, May 23

Pillsbury United Communities rallies after devastating tornado rips through North Minneapolis

On Sunday, May 22, 2011, an EF1 tornado (winds up to 125 mph) ripped through the streets of north Minneapolis, damaging homes and businesses. Many of our neighbors were directly impacted by the storm, as was Pillsbury United Communities (PUC). I am writing to you with an update on the impact of the storm and a request for support.

First and foremost, the families in north Minneapolis have been devastated. Throughout Monday, our Oak Park Neighborhood Center--located at 1701 Oak Park Ave N on the North Side--had a steady stream of people coming in to use electricity to plug in cell phones, laptops, and other electronics. Furthermore, we have been inundated with phone calls from individuals and businesses looking for resources and referrals. We have responded to this crisis as we always have with time, energy, resources, ingenuity, and community support.

Disaster Recovery Center opens Wednesday to serve residents affected by tornado

A Disaster Recovery Center is opening in north Minneapolis Wednesday, May 25 to provide services and resources to residents affected by Sunday’s tornado. The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Farview Recreation Center at 621 29th Ave. N. Organizers will evaluate the ongoing hours of the center based on the needs of the community in the first few days.

The City of Minneapolis and many partners are continuing their efforts to get folks back in their homes, ensure their safety and provide the assistance and resources they need to make it through this difficult time.

Congresswoman McCollum offers support to Minnesotans affected by the recent tornado and severe weather

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN-04) reached out to the Minnesotans who were recently affected by the recent series of severe thunderstorms and a tornado.  Her St. Paul office is available to anyone in need of assistance.

“My thoughts and prayers are with residents of Minneapolis and neighboring communities who have been impacted by Sunday’s deadly tornado and severe thunderstorms.  When families experience tragedy, all Minnesotans come together to help.  Congressman Keith Ellison, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, and other Minneapolis officials are working hard to assist residents.  My office stands ready to help as needed.  Working together, we will help neighborhoods recover and rebuild.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations and Budget Committees.

Minneapolis Urban League a partner in Tornado Damage Relief efforts

The Minneapolis Urban League is partnering with local emergency response organizations to assist in providing direction and support to victims of the tornado that ripped through North Minneapolis on Sunday.  Many of the staff, families, and constituents of the MUL have been affected by this devastating storm. 

The MUL’s Glover-Sudduth Building on the north side (612-302-3100) and our Sharon Sayles-Belton Community Services Building on the south side (612-827-5673) are open and available to take inquiries. The Urban League Academy Elementary and High Schools are closed while city officials and utility companies are determining the safety of the area. 

Project Connect: Tornado Assistance Center will be open for tornado victims May 24--NEW BUS STOP ADDED

Hennepin County and the City of Minneapolis are offering a one-day Project Connect: Tornado Assistance Center for county families affected by Sunday's storms.

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Metro Transit bus detours for North Minneapolis

These detours are in effect for Tuesday, May 24:

Metro Transit

Emerson to 26th Ave. Layover on 26th Ave. between Emerson and Fremont, Left on Fremont and regular.


Northbound: Regular on Fremont to 44the Ave N, left on 44th to Penn.

City officials join neighbors for BBQ in aftermath of North side tornado

Mayor Rybak and Council Member Samuels will be talking with neighbors at a barbecue hosted by Cub Foods 5 p.m., Monday, May 23 at Cub Foods located at 701 W. Broadway in North Minneapolis.

Urban Homeworks: North Minneapolis tornado relief hub

Urban Homeworks thanks the community and the endless supply of volunteers for their response to the tornado relief effort due to yesterday's storm. They no longer need volunteers for today (Monday) but will be continuing volunteer efforts for the rest of the week & through the weekend.


Closings due to storm

These offices are closed Monday, May 23 due to a power outage in the wake of Sunday's storms.

*   Hennepin's Human Services office at 1007/1011 W. Broadway.
*   NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center, 1313 Penn Ave. N., Minneapolis.
*   Probation Services North Office,4336 Lyndale Ave. N., Minneapolis.
*   Human Services Office, 1007/1011 W. Broadway, Minneapolis.
*   Hennepin County Library - Sumner, 611 Van White Memorial Boulevard, Minneapolis.

Seven north Minneapolis schools to be closed Monday, May 23

Seven schools in north Minneapolis will be closed Monday, May 23, due to the recent tornado. The schools include Lucy Laney, Cityview Community, Nellie Stone Johnson, Hmong International Academy, Northstar, Plymouth Youth Center and Urban League Elementary.
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