A powerful tornado ripped through southwest suburban Coal City on Monday, leaving massive path of destruction in its path. Residents have been picking up the pieces ever since, and on Friday they were getting much needed help.
It has been a tense 24 hours in tornado-ravaged Coal City, with residents bracing for another onslaught of rain Wednesday night and early Thursday. There were heavy downpours overnight, but not nearly as much as had been expected, allowing residents to breathe a small sigh of relief Thursday morning.
With lots of cleanup ahead in Coal City, after Monday night’s tornado, a special volunteer effort has been planned for Friday.
CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports from northern Illinois, which was hit by tornadoes two weeks ago.
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