Weeks after being hit by a tornado, Gifford gets a visit from U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). Durbin wants to see for himself how the town is recovering from last month’s storm, which damaged hundreds of homes in Gifford. He expects a similar scene to what he saw in Washington: people trying to pick up the pieces and move on.
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“It really is amazing. Folks bounce back in a hurry. Washington, Ill., I was there five or six days later and it was still awful, but folks were sifting through the wreckage and trying to find the things that they love and cherish,” Durbin said. Federal disaster funding has been approved to help 15 counties impacted by the storm, but Durbin says he doesn’t expect a lot of construction to be taking place yet.