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PRESS RELEASE
Update on Tornado Relief Effort
June 24, 2015

On June 22nd the Coal City area was impacted by a severe storm that produced an EF-3 tornado damaging many homes and businesses. Aid and support for those impacted has generously flowed into the area and we are thankful for the volunteers and first responders who have worked continuously since the storm. Our thoughts and prayers continue for those whose homes and loved ones have been affected by the storm.  With the assistance of the Grundy County EMA assessment teams the current estimate of properties affected is 1,372. The GCEMA teams are currently categorizing those properties based on the level of damage. As the work continues, residents, clean-up workers, and the press are asked to note the following pieces of information:

 

Immediate Services for Residents

  • Shelter, food and other essentials are available for impacted residents at the Coal City United Methodist Church (CCUMC).
  • To preserve safety and security, those seeking aid must present identification at the CCUMC.
  • Over 700 meals were served today, June 24, 2015, at the CCUMC.

 

Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC)

  • A multi-agency resource center (MARC) will be established to provide coordinated access to local and state resources for impacted residents.
  • The MARC will be located at the Berst Hall of the St. Mary Assumption Parish in Coal City (245 S Kankakee St) and will be open:
    • Friday, June 26th (Noon to 7:00pm)
    • Saturday, June 27th (8:00am to 6:00pm)
    • Sunday, June 28th (8:00am to Noon)

 

Parking Restrictions

  • In order to efficiently clear debris, the following parking restrictions are in place.
  • Street parking will be allowed on the even side of the street on even calendar days and the odd side of the street on odd calendar days. For example on June 29th (odd calendar day) parking will only be allowed on the side of the street with odd numbered addresses.
  • No parking will be allowed on South Broadway Street South of Chestnut Street.

 

Volunteer Coordination

  • Through the coordinated efforts of the Village of Coal City’s Call Center (815-518-3047) and Volunteer Services Coordination staged at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 76 volunteers were able to assist residents today.
  • There have been many more offers of volunteer assistance.
  • Coordinated volunteer efforts will begin Friday, June 26th at 9am and will be staged from the Diamond Banquet Hall. Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes/boots, long pants, gloves, hat/visor, sunglasses and sunscreen. Volunteers are encouraged to carpool. Volunteers will be provided with safety vests and other relevant equipment and will be bused to a neighborhood.
  • Cleaning donations (buckets, bleach etc.) are being accepted at We Care of Grundy County (530 Bedford Road, Morris). Please make donations before Thursday at noon.

 

We would like to again thank the community for the enormous amount of work and support provided to help recover from the storm. Those who would like to donate money to the relief effort are encouraged to visit the Grundy County Community Foundation’s website at http://www.cfgrundycounty.com. For any question, concerns, or issues please call Coal City’s Call Center at 815-518-3047.