Gifford prepares for meeting on tornado cleanup

Published: Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 10:50 a.m. CDT

GIFFORD (AP) — Residents of a small central Illinois village raked by a tornado last month plan to hold a community meeting to discuss rebuilding efforts.

The Nov. 17 storms leveled about 70 homes in the farming community of Gifford, which has about 970 residents. Another 40 or so homes suffered some sort of damage.

Thursday evening's meeting will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church.

Officials hope to learn what the community wants in the rebuilding process while also discussing what programs may be available to help residents.

Christina Gann is the operations manager at the tornado relief site at the church. She says relief workers want to make sure as many Gifford residents can remain in the community as possible.

The storm was one of two dozen that hit the state.

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