A: Most mine subsidence events occur slowly and are not life threatening. Occasionally, subsidence movement affects utility lines or the immediate stability of a structure.
The first concern is safety of the residents. Remove all occupants to safe areas, and make phone calls away from the home.
Your insurance agent should be contacted. The agent may make suggestions to help prevent other causes of loss such as subsequent fire or flooding, and can direct you to other sources of assistance.
If utility lines are affected, get immediate help by calling your local gas or electric company. The Abandoned Mines Land Reclamation Division is available for emergency structural problems or gas leaks.
Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation Division 618-650-3197
After business hours, contact the Illinois Emergency Management Agency 800-782-7860.