Digital Access

Digital Access
Access theherald-news.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, sports, business, classified and more! News you can use every day.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, weather, and more.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
Have our latest news, sports and obituaries emailed directly to you Monday through Friday so you can keep up with what's happening in the area.
Local News

Coal City, Diamond tornado victims set to receive aid starting in October

Volunteers help clean up debris Friday in Coal City after the tornado. The Long Term Recovery Committee in charge of distribution from the relief fund for victims of the tornado says it will start distributing money in October.
Volunteers help clean up debris Friday in Coal City after the tornado. The Long Term Recovery Committee in charge of distribution from the relief fund for victims of the tornado says it will start distributing money in October.

COAL CITY – The Long Term Recovery Committee in charge of the distribution from the relief fund for victims of the June 22 EF3 tornado said it will begin distributing money in October to affected residents.

To date there is $299,235.54 in the fund managed by the Community Foundation of Grundy County. About $20,000 of that was in place before the tornado and will remain in the fund in the event of another disaster. Operation St. Nick and Community Foundation of Grundy County each donated $10,000 to the fund after the Diamond tornado.

“Everyone wants to know where the money is,” Devan Gagliardo, program director with the foundation, said at Monday night’s Coal City Village Board meeting. “We hope the first disbursement of funds will be by mid-October.”

Gagliardo said Tuesday that the committee met again Tuesday morning and decided how to distribute the funds.

“A majority of the funds will be released between mid-October to the beginning of November to those who are registered,” she said. “Some funds will be set aside and will be used next spring on an as needed basis for those still needing assistance.”

Families must be registered by Oct. 2 with their case management team to be eligible for the funds. Gagliardo said just under 400 people are registered, and the group has decided those who have not registered either do not need or want the assistance. More than 800 properties were damaged by the tornado.

–––––––––

KNOW MORE

Those affected by the June tornado who wish to register for case management and receive resources should:

• If the first letter of your last name begins with A-D, call 815-942-6389 (We Care of Grundy County)

• If the first letter of your last name begins with E-R, call 309-357-9391 (Salvation Army).

• If the first letter of your last name begins with S-Z, call 815-774-4663, ext. 3165 (Catholic Charities).

Loading more