Tornado Disaster Update – 11/25/13
The tornado of November 17th brought a significant challenge to the local residents of the Coal City/Diamond community. The following information is an update of some of the key information related to the storm and the ensuing recovery. The Village would like to extend its gratitude to everyone within and outside of the community who has been part of the tremendous response to assist in recovery for our affected residents.
Although the tornado affected the whole community in a specific manner, those who were hospitalized due to their injuries have all been treated and released. There were 4 persons treated related to the tornado. One of those persons was treated and released on November 17th. At this point, the three remaining patients have been discharged from the Hospital.
As many are aware, the offers to volunteer were tracked and there are efforts to connect the needs of those affected with the capabilities and resources made available on the volunteer list. The donations of food, supplies, and durable items have been significant. At this point, the United Methodist Church will cease the receipt of these items. If donations were already gathered to support the relief effort, the United Methodist Church will take these donations through 4:00pm on Tuesday, November 26th. The Mazon State Bank will continue to take donations for the Diamond and Coal City Tornado Disaster Relief Fund.
There will be a continued effort to coordinate the services available to those affected by the tornado. The Red Cross will assist with a joint Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) to be held on Monday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM, at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 South Daly Street, Diamond, IL. There the residents will find many useful and beneficial services from our state, local, community, government and non-government partners. This one-stop-informational shop will help residents as they begin their recovery process.
Many of the agencies that will participate in this effort can be found at a page hosted by the Village of Diamond by clicking this link. http://diamond.illinois.gov/tornado-information/
Currently estimated just over 5,000 residents, the Village of Coal City is a place to learn, live, play, grow, and enjoy. The continuing increase in population has found the Village to be very livable. Located just south of I-80 along the I-55 Corridor, Coal City is conveniently located at the doorstep of the western suburbs. This allows residents to enjoy the shopping of regional shops and malls in Bolingbrook and Oakbrook, the cultural interests of downtown Chicago including its museums, sports, and performances, and the rest and relaxation of small town living all available within one day’s activities.
Playing has been at the heart of this community since its onset. Many of the residents enjoy camping, fishing, and boating at the adjoining chain of lakes consisting of abandoned mines along the northern border of Coal City. These clubs include the Coal City Area Club, Miners Club, and CECO Club. Each has their own boards and rules for membership, but provide a wealth of recreational opportunities. If one does not want to join one of these clubs, Coal City is located within minutes of the Kankakee and Des Plaines rivers, which brings a wealth of additional recreational opportunities including horseback riding.
Each year, the Village comes together in a number of events including its Octoberfest, which sees the downtown area shutdown and the streets overcome with vendors, people, and businesses celebrating the passing of summer into the fall and community. The Village and a host of non-profit organizations is comprised of the residents who invest their time and energy into making Coal City that is even more enjoyable and a place where people can continue to live, learn, play, and grow.