The utilities company that oversees residential water use in a tornado damaged swath of Granbury has lifted a mandatory boil notice that's been in place since May 15.

Sugar Land-based Monarch Utilities said Friday that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has given the OK for residents in the Rancho Brazos subdivision to drink and use their tap water without boiling it first.

Sixteen tornadoes struck North Texas on May 15, leaving six people dead and destroying hundreds of homes. Granbury, which suffered the most losses in the twister outbreak, was hit by an EF-4 tornado that packed winds between 166 and 200 miles per hour.The highest category on the Enhanced Fujita scale is an EF-5, which has winds of more than 200 miles per hour.

Rancho Brazos residents were allowed to return to their homes on May 18, although an 8 p.m. curfew lasted several days after.

Granbury is about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

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