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Coal City needs volunteers for continued cleanup efforts

COAL CITY – Volunteers are needed in Coal City for continued cleanup efforts from the June 22 tornado.

The Rev. Mark Hughey with New Hope Presbyterian Church in Coal City is trying to gather at least 100 volunteers to come out Nov. 28 to pick up debris in a field at Spring and Reed roads.

“When you take a group of 20 people out to clean a field, they feel like it is going to take forever, so we are requesting for more people to join us,” he said.

The field had corn planted in it at the time of the tornado, and it wasn’t until the farmer started harvesting the corn that the amount of debris was discovered. Hughey said there are sections of the field that couldn’t be harvested, because of downed tree branches and a portion of a roof.

Hughey said 95 percent of the cleanup is done but the church continues to receive requests for help. A few houses have been torn down and the group has at least one more house to go.

Coordinators also will need volunteers to help move contents of a shed into a storage pod.

While the corn field is the main concern at this time before the debris is covered in snow for the winter, Hughey hopes skilled tradespeople also will call to assist with more skilled jobs.

Cleaning the field now will allow the farmer to get back into the field at planting time next spring without the concern of debris left behind.

Hughey said anyone wishing to volunteer should call 815-634-8332 and leave his or her name and number.

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