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.
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).