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Gifford surveys Storm damage, recovery begins

Residents of Gifford are determined to get back on their feet and rebound from Sunday's devastating tornado. Two hundred homes were destroyed or suffered severe damage. But the community escaped any serious injury.

The folks in the Champaign County community were told by Emergency Management Agency officials that three tornadoes touched down about the same time Sunday afternoon. One hit Gifford head-on. Buildings and homes were leveled. Reports of six people were treated for minor injuries.

The main road in Gifford was closed overnight (Sunday). Power was out and village officials said it was too dangerous to let people in and out. Recovery efforts picked up Monday morning.

The EMA officials reported six people were injured. There were 200 homes damaged and 20 destroyed.

Some residents spent Sunday night at a nearby resident home. The American Red Cross provided food and shelter.

EMA officials reported up to 200 first responders on the scene. Utility crews were busy Monday dealing downed power lines. Damage assessments were being compiled Monday.

94.1 FM, WGFA