Coal City

Volunteers help clean up debris in Coal City, four days after an EF-3 tornado ripped through the town. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Of Volunteers Swarm To Coal City To Assist In Recovery Effort

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.

06/26/2015

Blue tarps covered the roofs of many homes damaged by a tornado in Coal City, to protect what's left inside from further damage from more rain in the days that followed the twister. (Credit: CBS)

Coal City Spared The Worst Of Latest Storm As Cleanup Continues

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.

06/25/2015

ComEd crews working to restore power in Coal City. (Credit: CBS)

Crews Working To Restore Electricity To Homes In Coal City

It’s a race against Mother Nature in Coal City as residents there try to clean up as much tornado damage as possible before severe weather rolls in once again.

06/24/2015

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Coal City Tornado Strongest In Chicago Metro Area In 25 Years.

The tornado that tore through the town of Coal City on Monday evening was the strongest such storm to hit the Chicago metro area in 25 years.

06/24/2015

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Coal City Organizing Volunteers For Tornado Cleanup Effort

With lots of cleanup ahead in Coal City, after Monday night’s tornado, a special volunteer effort has been planned for Friday.

06/24/2015

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New Round Of Storms Could Hamper Tornado Recovery Efforts In Coal City

More bad weather on Wednesday could hamper recovery efforts in Coal City, which was hit by an EF-3 tornado Monday night. It was the most powerful tornado to hit the Chicago metropolitan area in nearly 25 years.

06/24/2015

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Coal City Hit By EF-3 Tornado, NWS Confirms

Governor Bruce Rauner toured the damage in tornado-ravaged Coal City first from the air and then on the ground, reports CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley.

06/23/2015

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At Least Nine Tornadoes Touched Down Monday, NWS Confirms

Survey teams with the National Weather Service have confirmed at least two tornados touched down Monday night, when powerful damaging storms swept through the western and southwestern suburbs.

06/23/2015

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Déjà Vu: Coal City Hit By Second Tornado In Two Years

For the second time in 19 months, southwest suburban Coal City was digging out from the rubble, after a powerful tornado tore roofs of houses, and reduced many other buildings to kindling.

06/23/2015

Photos: Tornado Devastates Coal City, Illinois

A tornado ripped through Coal City, Illinois, on Monday. It was the second time in less than two years that the small town was devastated by a tornado.

06/23/2015

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At Least Three Tornadoes Hit Western And Southwestern Suburbs

National Weather Service crews were headed out Tuesday to try to confirm reports of up to six tornados touching down Monday in Grundy, LaSalle, Lee, and Will counties, including three already confirmed in Ottawa, Sublette, and Coal City.

06/23/2015

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Tornado Touches Down West Of Chicago; Damage Widespread In Coal City

The tornado reportedly touched down in the community of Sublette shortly after 8 p.m.

06/22/2015

A man was critically wounded when he was shot multiple times at a gas station in Coal City on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy Morris Daily Herald/Shaw Media)

Man Critically Wounded In Coal City Shooting

Officers responded to a report of shots fired at the Shell at 625 E. Division St. in Coal City at 8:10 p.m., according to a statement from Coal City police. The victim, a male of unknown age, was found bleeding with multiple gunshot wounds in a silver Dodge Ram.

04/02/2015

The Dresden Lock and Dam on the Illinois River near Coal City, where two people were rescued and a third is missing after going into the water following a boating accident on Sunday. (Credit: Network Video Productions)

One Still Missing After Boating Accident Near Coal City

Crews were searching the Illinois River on Monday, a day after a person went missing after a boating accident near southwest suburban Coal City.

06/23/2014

Marine Stephen Hancock.

Marine’s Death In Freak Accident Hits Coal City Hard

A young marine from the Chicago area was just starting his career when he was killed in a freak accident during a training flight on an osprey aircraft.

05/21/2014

CBS 2's Chris Martinez got a look on Wednesday at the worst damage in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS 2)

State To Provide $45M In Relief Funds For Tornado Damage

Gov. Pat Quinn said the state is stepping in with $45 million in disaster relief funds to help local governments recover from last November’s tornados, after the federal government turned them down.

03/05/2014

Residents of Elgin Avenue sort through debris after a tornado struck on November 17, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. Several tornadoes touched down across the Midwest today with at least three people reported dead in Illinois. (Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Rain Might Slow Cleanup In Tornado-Ravaged Washington

As survivors sift through the debris from at least 1,000 damaged and destroyed homes, they’re also finding bright spots and good reason to look to the future.

11/20/2013

One of many cars destroyed in the tornado in Washington, Ill. (Credit: Chris Martinez/CBS)

Cleanup, Heartbreak In Wake Of Killer Tornadoes

The sounds of residents and volunteers trying to pick up the pieces of lives shattered by a violent tornado filled this small Midwestern town, largely destroyed in moments by a horrific act of nature.

11/19/2013

Bear Sherrick McManis of Peoria helps unload donated goods. (Credit: Craig Dellimore)

Bears Help Out Tornado Victims In Coal City

Some players from the Chicago Bears are spending part of the day visiting with and helping people affected by the big storms this week.

11/19/2013

Tornado damaged homes are seen on November 18, 2013 in Washington, Illinois. According to reports the tonado that ripped across Washington, Illinois has been preliminary classified as an EF-4. A fast-moving storm system that spawned multiple tornadoes which touched down across the Midwest, leaving behind a path of destruction in 12 states and killing at least five.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Washington Mayor: 1,000 Homes Damaged Or Destroyed By Tornado

Officials acknowledge initial damage assessments underestimated extent of devastation from Sunday’s tornado.

11/19/2013

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