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Mail, debris from at least 100 miles away found in Grundy County after tornado

Published: Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 5:30 p.m. CDT
(Heidi Litchfield - For the Morris Daily Herald)
The home of Char and Tom Dillman. The lawn mower and other equipment in the yard is not theirs they are unsure whose it is

MORRIS – When the worst of Sunday's storm had passed, Eric Werden and his family came up from their basement and quickly went outside when they saw all the debris in their yard.

“There was all this stuff in our yard and my wife said it looks like insulation. I thought that was weird because there was (nothing) reported in our area,” said Werden, who is a Morris police detective and was listening to his police radio during the storm.

He went outside to further investigate and found numerous pieces of mail and paperwork as well. When he looked closer, he found something from the Canton YMCA.

“I wasn’t sure where Canton was so I looked it up and it’s like a two and a half hour car ride from here,” Werden said.

Canton is more than 130 miles away from Morris, according to mapquest.com.

There is mail and paperwork all over his neighborhood, in addition to insulation, roofing and siding debris.

“I know it’s not from Coal City because the way the wind was blowing. The stuff from Coal City had to have gone someplace else,” he said.

Morris was not hit by the tornado, but Coal City and Diamond were Sunday. More than 100 residential and commercial buildings were damaged in the area, and four people were injured. No fatalities have been reported.

A Diamond Tornado Victims Help Page has been created on Facebook as a place for people to report found property as well as offer donations for the affected families. A recent post stated “If you find photos and documents--other people's important papers--in your yard, you can mail or drop them off at the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce, 909 Liberty Street, Morris, IL 60450, during business hours Monday - Friday, and they will assist with categorizing and having a place people can go to try to find their items.”

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