Icon on the horizon may need to be replaced

Published 12/06 2013 03:55PM

Updated 12/06 2013 06:29PM

GIFFORD -- The water here is potable for the first time in weeks, but the tower may have to be replaced. It was damaged in the tornado.

Officials worried it could collapse shortly after the storm. It's still standing, but it's empty. Now, village leaders worry, if water is put back in, it will break.

As of now, residents are drinking well-water. It's being pumped, then cleaned before hitting people's faucets. Now, after several weeks, the boil order has been lifted.

Residents had to say goodbye to so much, now they're saddened yet another part of its history is being torn down too. The tower holds 150,000 gallons of water. It will cost $800,000 to replace.

The village applied for a grant from the U.S.D.A. and are hopeful it will be approved. If it is, construction should start within the next few months.

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