LCSO collecting, distributing supplies to homes impacted by EF-3 tornado

By: Brittany Bedi | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 11, 2019

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) -- It has been just over a week since an EF3 tornado ripped through the Baum community in eastern Leon County.

Snapped trees can be spotted along Jefferson road. Homes and property are severely damaged or destroyed on Driftwood Circle.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office responded to the Baum community after the storm hit and are still lending a helping hand to neighbors in the midst of storm cleanup.

The Sheriff's Office dropping off the first of two donations directly to homes on Driftwood Circle and Steeds Run. The department collected hygiene supplies, cleaning supplies, towels, blankets, food and water.

LCSO public information officer Dave Teems distributed food and water to families after the tornado hit.

"Everyone so far has been very grateful. We delivered meals out here last week," said Teems. "They came out, and they were excited to have a hot meal because you see, there's no electricity out here. We've been able to help to make sure there's a concerted effort to bring as many people over that wanted to help from the community."

Teems also delivered the first set of LCSO donations to Driftwood Circle on Monday afternoon.

"It's important for us for our job, to make sure that people aren't taking advantage of them and that we can get resources in the right place so that it's as efficient as possible," he said.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is collecting donations for Leon tornado victims through March 13.

Items like bottled water, hygiene items, cleaning supplies, shovels, rakes, blankets, and towels are needed.

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Leon County Sheriff's Office (main lobby), 2825 Municipal Way
  • Salvation Army Administrative Office, 2410 Allen Rd
  • Hilltop County Store, 14807 Mahan Drive

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