A boil order has finally been lifted for residents in a tiny eastern Illinois community following last month's tornado. It had been in place in Gifford since a Nov. 17 tornado touched down in the village of about 1,000 residents. The storm destroyed a water treatment plant and heavily damaged Gifford's 50,000-gallon water tower along with village hall, which has been condemned. The twister was one of two dozen tornadoes to crisscross the state. The storms were blamed for seven deaths. Gifford officials are applying for grants to fix and then replace the water tower. Repairing the structure will cost about $80,000 while replacing it could cost about $800,000.
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