Recovery continues in tornado-ravaged towns - FOX 32 News Chicago

Recovery continues in tornado-ravaged towns

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In Diamond and Coal City, the community is working together to help families who lost it all, those are families who need the bare necessities, including body wash and baby formula. Churches are collecting donations, and many people there are just thankful to be alive after last weekend's tornado that destroyed homes and lives.

It has been an emotional week for Diamond and Coal City residents.

Inside United Methodist Church in Coal City, donations piled up as families poured in. There was food, toiletries and more. Many left with cartfuls.

This is all one week after Sunday's twister tore apart homes, ravaged neighborhoods and left piles of debris behind.

"We were blessed. We did have a lot of damage. Our garage wall and our attic, our second floor wall blew out completely and three garage doors landed on three cars," said Missy Adair in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

The Adair family says they are most thankful for each other and their community.

"My son has helped neighbors pick up garbage, he's 14, they both learned a lot, they learned how quick things can change," said Adair.

Emily Adair was away at college when the tornado struck.

"I'm so thankful for coming home on Friday, and just being able to be here with them means everything to me. I got the best hug when I came home," said Emily Adair.

"This weekend and today, the area is cleaned up, houses are tarped, boarded up, and people that have been displaced are in their new homes so things are kind of now finally becoming a little more normal I guess," said Mark Adair.

Whatever normal is...

Red spray painted 'OK' signs mark mildly damaged homes where families were allowed to stay after Sunday's twister, but not everyone was as fortunate.

Many still need help.

"At the United Methodist Church in Coal City, they're handing out supplies, cleaning supplies, they've been serving food all week, breakfast, lunch and dinner, families involved in the tornado, so they've just been a tremendous help," said Mark Adair.

"The city of Diamond, we're small but we're strong," said Missy Adair.

The Coal City United Methodist Church is just one of several donation drop offs throughout the area. Many displaced families have found temporary housing, while others are turning to the American Red Cross for help.

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