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Affected by the tornado: Powell family

Published: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 10:52 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 10:59 p.m. CST

Editor's note: As we continue to report on the aftermath of Sunday's tornado, the Morris Daily Herald intends to share stories of local residents affected by the tornado through a series of vignettes such as this one.

DIAMOND – On Sunday afternoon, Koltin Powell was having lunch at Corleones restaurant in Morris when he got a phone call from his mother.

“I think the roof is gone,” Dawn Powell said to her son.

Dawn was the only one at home when the tornado hit the Powell residence on Laura Lane in Diamond Estates.

Koltin’s dad Kent Powell received a similar phone call from his wife saying she saw a funnel cloud coming across the cornfield behind their house.

“I said, ‘Well, maybe it’s just dust.’ and she said, ‘No, it’s definitely not dust,’” Kent Powell recalled.

Koltin drove home to check on his mother, but was kept out of his house by police and emergency crews.

“I had to park my truck on the road and run across the cornfield,” Koltin said. “When I saw it, I was in complete shock. Just totally speechless.”

Kent said the Powell home will probably need to be demolished and rebuilt completely. The home has severe structural damage as well as roof, siding and window damage.

The Powell’s are still deciding whether they will move to a new home or stay in Diamond. They have lived in their Diamond home for 13 years.

“I was born and raised in Coal City so I don’t know,” Kent Powell said. “It’s a nice neighborhood. Just look at everybody out here today. You know what your community is built of when stuff like this happens.”

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