COAL CITY — Clean-up and relief efforts are continuing in the Coal City and Diamond area a week after a Nov. 17 tornado damaged much of the two communities.
"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," according to an a statement from Coal City Village Administrator Matt Fritz, which was emailed to the newspaper by Coal City Methodist Church.
The four people who were hospitalized due to injuries sustained from the storm have all been treated and released, according to the statement.
Donations of food, supplies and durable items have been significant, according to the statement. 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 p.m. Tuesday, according to the statement.
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, which is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daly St., Diamond.
Attendees will find many useful and beneficial services from 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 b visiting http://diamond.illinois.gov/tornado-information/