Sunday's storms left the community of Herscher without power. And Mayor Ray Schneider says since power may not be restored until later on Tuesday, The American Legion Home is available as a warming center. The Legion Home at 102 S. Oak Street will be available for citizens until power is restored.
With dozens of homes heavily damaged from yesterday's storms, State Senator Toi Hutchinson (D – Chicago Heights) joined Governor Quinn today in assessing damage in and around the Diamond area.
"The damage in the Diamond and Coal City area is extensive," Hutchinson said. "Luckily, there have been no reports of loss of life and only a few injuries."
The American Red Cross has set up a temporary shelter at Coal City High School, located at 655 West Division Street, for those who have been displaced by the storms. The Red Cross has also started distributing food to those affected.
"While there were no reports of casualties, it is estimated 70 to 100 homes were damaged or destroyed by this storm," Hutchinson continued. "We have already seen an outpouring of assistance from surrounding communities, which speaks volumes to the good-hearted people and families living in our area. We stick together and help those during times of need. It's what we do."
Senator Hutchinson represents the 40th District in the State Senate, including northeastern Grundy and portions of Will, Kankakee and Cook Counties.
State Representative Josh Harms' legislative offices are collecting items for transfer to Sunday's storm communities. Donations can be dropped at either of the legislative offices in Watseka or Pontiac.
Plans are to make deliveries daily for the rest of the week to collection centers in Gifford, Coal City, Diamond and Washington....the hardest-hit areas from Sunday's storms.
Items needed are some of the usual things like: non-perishable food items, bottled water, large garbage bags, work gloves, cleaning items, toiletries, batteries, paper towels.
Donations can be dropped off at the Hartman Center on Walnut Street in Watseka or at Harms' Pontiac office at 311 N. Mill Street.
Residents of Gifford are determined to get back on their feet and rebound from Sunday's devastating tornado. Two hundred homes were destroyed or suffered severe damage. But the community escaped any serious injury.
The folks in the Champaign County community were told by Emergency Management Agency officials that three tornadoes touched down about the same time Sunday afternoon. One hit Gifford head-on. Buildings and homes were leveled. Reports of six people were treated for minor injuries.
The main road in Gifford was closed overnight (Sunday). Power was out and village officials said it was too dangerous to let people in and out. Recovery efforts picked up Monday morning.
The EMA officials reported six people were injured. There were 200 homes damaged and 20 destroyed.
Some residents spent Sunday night at a nearby resident home. The American Red Cross provided food and shelter.
EMA officials reported up to 200 first responders on the scene. Utility crews were busy Monday dealing downed power lines. Damage assessments were being compiled Monday.
Businesses and farm-sites were among the areas hit by the Sunday storms in Indiana.
Rensselaer, Kokomo and Lafayette are cleaning up from the high winds and tornadoes.
A portion of State Road 24 in White County was closed Monday morning.
The White County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that State Road 24 from County Road 300 West to 600 West is closed. Emergency crews are clearing downed power lines on the road. Drivers are advised to find an alternate route and avoid the area.
This portion of the road will be closed until further notice.