DIAMOND, Ill. -The tornado that tore through Coal City on Monday night started at the west end of the city near the soccer field at Coal City High School then made its way southeast through three subdivisions and hit downtown.
At least 30 homes and buildings including a firehouse were damaged by the tornado.
Nearby Diamond is helping Coal City out in somewhat of a role reversal. In 2013, a tornado tore across the towns leaving more devastation in Diamond than in Coal City. Now, the opposite is true.
Diamond Mayor Terry Kernc described the experience of hiding in her basement through another tornado, "I couldn't believe it. I had my home destroyed in the 1990 tornado in Plainfield and to have gone through this one in 2013, I literally couldn't believe it. Some of the same people have damage again a year and a half later. It's just unfathomable."
If you want to help, authorities in Coal City ask that you avoid the area for now and instead consider making a donation. They have a hotline set up with more information at 815-518-3047. You can also visit CFGrundyCounty.com.