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Hundreds of volunteers show up to help

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 9:51 p.m. CDT
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Volunteers load supplies at Coal City United Methodist Church Tuesday morning.

DIAMOND - Hundreds of people showed up Tuesday morning to do their part to help families and the community recover from Sunday's tornado.

"(Diamond) Banquet Hall's parking lot is overflowing. Hundreds and hundreds of volunteers are here. We are putting them out there, it's amazing," Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc said from the facility.

More than 220 buildings were damaged in Diamond and Coal City by the EF2 tornado that tore through more than 12 miles in just 11 minutes Sunday. Four people were injured, but no one lost their life.

Of those 220 structures, more than 75 received major damage, Kernc said. About 39 of those homes have had the gas shut off by Nicor due to severe damage, Coal City Fire Protection District spokesman Nick Doerfler said.

Clean-up efforts began Monday and the village of Diamond organized a volunteer center for Tuesday at the banquet hall, where they are busing volunteers to needed areas to avoid having too many vehicles in the subdivisions that were hit the hardest, such as Diamond Estates.

As of this morning, Gov. Pat Quinn declared six more counties in the state disasters areas, bringing the total up to 13.

Companies have been bringing out supplies including portable bathrooms and heating stations, Kernc said. The village is in need of rakes and is requesting if anyone has any to donate to bring them to the banquet hall at 55 S Daly St.

Volunteers also packed Coal City United Methodist Church to help Tuesday.

Route 113 was opened up to traffic again Monday night, but traffic is still being restricted on Spring Road, Doerfler said.

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