Coal City continues recovery, cleanup after tornadoes

COAL CITY, Ill. (AP) — The mayor of Coal City says recovery efforts continue with eight public crews two days after tornadoes struck northern Illinois earlier this week.

Mayor Terry Halliday gave a news conference Wednesday morning, updating information on registering contractors, parking and warning those in the community southwest of Chicago to take caution as they clean up.

Halliday says eight public works crews from seven communities are helping.

Coal City saw some of the heaviest damage after nine confirmed tornadoes touched down Monday night. The Coal City twister was an EF-3 with wind speeds up to 160 mph.

Halliday says the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has warned him that more severe weather is possible later Wednesday. He says the town can make progress “if we can just keep the weather at bay.”