A 970-resident central Illinois village where a tornado last month leveled one-third of its homes says it's in rebuilding mode, undeterred by a recent cold snap and snow. An estimated 70 homes in the farming community of Gifford were demolished by the Nov. 17 twister, and an additional 40 suffered some kind of damage. The village's zoning commissioner, Eric Rademacher, says six building permits have been issued, with more expected.
Streets in the Champaign County town have been cleared and the electrical system rebuilt. Plans are afoot to replace the water town damaged in the tornado. The Gifford State Bank's president, Tony McLain, says ``the silver lining from all of this is that we're getting some new infrastructure.''
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