I-TEAM: Rebuilding Gifford One Year Later

Gifford – One year since a devastating tornado tore through the middle of Gifford in Champaign County and the town continues to rebuild.  Many new homes are completed.  Others are in various stages of construction.

The tornado was a rain-wrapped EF-3 with a peak wind of 140 mph.  It touched down at 12:45pm on November 17, 2013 two miles east of Thomasboro in Champaign County.  It finally lifted up at 1:15pm about 3.6 miles southwest of Wellington in Iroquois County.

In all the tornado traveled 29.7 miles.  It was a half mile wide.  In its path was the Village of Gifford in Champaign County which took a direct hit.

30 homes were destroyed.  More than 40 suffered major damage.  An estimated 125 other homes sustained what is considered minor damage.  15 businesses had moderate to major damage and the roof of the school was peeled back.

There were 6 injuries in Champaign County, no fatalities.  Damage is estimated around $60 million.

(Pictured: A newly built home in Gifford – November 2014)

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