Alabama April 2011 tornadoes http://apr.org en Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery http://apr.org/post/alabama-gets-30-million-more-tornado-recovery <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama is getting more than $30 million in federal grants to help with the recovery from deadly tornadoes in April 2011.</p><p>Bentley announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grants on Tuesday. He says nearly $19 million more is still available for cities and counties to seek.</p><p>Tuscaloosa County will get $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in Holt.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:39:04 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 43471 at http://apr.org Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery Tuscaloosa Offers $500K in Tornado Recovery Loans http://apr.org/post/tuscaloosa-offers-500k-tornado-recovery-loans <p>Tuscaloosa city officials will soon be taking applications for loans of up to $20,000 aimed at helping businesses rebuild in the city's tornado recovery zone.</p><div><p>The Tuscaloosa News reports (<a href="http://bit.ly/15TZchw">http://bit.ly/15TZchw</a>) the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs recently gave the city approval to use $500,000 for the loans. Businesses meeting certain terms will have their loans revert to grants, meaning the money won't have to be repaid.</p> Sun, 28 Jul 2013 20:49:53 +0000 The Associated Press 34984 at http://apr.org Tuscaloosa Offers $500K in Tornado Recovery Loans Ala. Governor to Receive Tornado Recovery Funds http://apr.org/post/ala-governor-receive-tornado-recovery-funds <p>Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will present Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with a check for $49 million to be used to help Alabama communities rebuild from damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.<br> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 12:33:35 +0000 The Associated Press 32204 at http://apr.org Ala. Governor to Receive Tornado Recovery Funds Tornado-Damaged Alabama Schools Closer To Repairs http://apr.org/post/tornado-damaged-alabama-schools-closer-repairs <p>The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.</p><p>The Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee voted unanimously Tuesday for a bill that would allow the state to sell $30 million in bonds. Of that, $15 million would go to Murphy High School in Mobile, which was hit by a tornado in December.</p><p>Three schools in the Tuscaloosa area would benefit, with $3 million for Alberta City Elementary and $2.5 million each for University Place Elementary and Holt Elementary. They were hit on April 27, 2011.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:28:38 +0000 The Associated Press 29922 at http://apr.org Tornado-Damaged Alabama Schools Closer To Repairs Ala. House Passes Bond Issue to Rebuild Schools http://apr.org/post/ala-house-passes-bond-issue-rebuild-schools <P>The Alabama House of Representatives has passed a bill that authorizes the state to issue $30 million in bonds to rebuild several tornado-damaged schools across the state.</P> <P>Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy's bill passed 103-0 Tuesday night and now goes to the Senate. If approved, it will provide $15 million to Murphy High School in Mobile to repair damage from a tornado on Christmas Day, 2012.</P> <P>Three schools in the Tuscaloosa area would benefit, with $3 million for Alberta City Elementary and $2.5 million each for University Place Elementary and Holt Elementary. Wed, 01 May 2013 11:38:01 +0000 The Associated Press 29521 at http://apr.org Ala. House Passes Bond Issue to Rebuild Schools Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid http://apr.org/post/alabama-getting-more-tornado-recovery-aid <P>Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April 2011.</P> <P>Gov. Robert Bentley announced Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide the state government with $49.2 million to distribute to recovery projects. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 21:50:51 +0000 The Associated Press 27488 at http://apr.org Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK http://apr.org/post/ala-town-hit-11-twisters-gets-demo-ok <P>Officials say an Alabama town hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its badly damaged downtown area.</P> <P>Leaders in the Walker County city of Cordova hope the project can begin moving forward within the next two or three months.</P> <P>Officials announced the decision today at a meeting of Cordova's long-term recovery committee.</P> <P>Tornadoes ravaged Cordova on April 27, 2011, heavily damaging its small downtown district. Thu, 10 Jan 2013 22:14:56 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 23058 at http://apr.org Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK Governor Announces Tornado Relief Grants For Ala. http://apr.org/post/governor-announces-tornado-relief-grants-ala <P>Nine local governments in north and west Alabama have been awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to help with tornado recovery.</P> <P>The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $4.8 million to help rebuild Hackleburg's downtown. Eighteen people were killed and many of the businesses in the Marion County town were destroyed or heavily damaged by an April 27 tornado.</P> <P>Other grant recipients include Cordova, DeKalb County, Franklin County, Marion County, Moulton, Phil Campbell, the city of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa County. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 23:10:37 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 22199 at http://apr.org Governor Announces Tornado Relief Grants For Ala. Left With Tornado Damage, Ala. Town Blaming FEMA http://apr.org/post/left-tornado-damage-ala-town-blaming-fema <p>Officials in the old Alabama mill town of Cordova say the money to demolish buildings damaged by tornadoes a year and a half ago remains mired in red tape.</p><p>Mayor Drew Gilbert says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is constantly seeking explanations and documentation, and holding up the process.</p><p>The town's main street looks about the same as it did the deadly tornadoes ripped across the southeast in April 2011, with battered red bricks and broken glass littering the pavement.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 13:42:34 +0000 The Associated Press 20903 at http://apr.org Left With Tornado Damage, Ala. Town Blaming FEMA Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns http://apr.org/post/bird-watchers-observe-how-april-tornadoes-change-migration-patterns-0 <P>"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.</P> <P>The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.</P> <P>“That was pathetic," says Collier.&nbsp; "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"</P> <P>“HELLO!”</P> <P>“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. Tue, 30 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Maggie Martin 19775 at http://apr.org Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns http://apr.org/post/bird-watchers-observe-how-april-tornadoes-change-migration-patterns <p>"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.</p><p>The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.</p><p>“That was pathetic," says Collier.&nbsp; "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"</p><p>“HELLO!”</p><p>“That is how not to greet people when you’re birding, okay?" says Collier. She’s holding a presentation on birds of prey, or raptors, for a large group of kids this morning. The raptor demonstration is part of the launch of the West Alabama Birding Trail in Pickens County.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:57:49 +0000 Maggie Martin 19774 at http://apr.org Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments http://apr.org/post/ala-waiting-millions-fema-twister-payments <p>Alabama is still waiting on more than $70 million in payments from the Federal Emergency Management Agency linked to the deadly tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.</p><p>Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.</p><div><p>The state is eligible for and expecting $185 million in all. But Faulkner says the payment process can take a while on larger projects, such as replacing the four schools that were destroyed by twisters.</p><p>Faulkner says more payments are coming.</p> Sun, 28 Oct 2012 23:32:30 +0000 The Associated Press 19887 at http://apr.org Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments Volunteers From UAE Help Rebuild Tuscaloosa http://apr.org/post/volunteers-uae-help-rebuild-tuscaloosa <P>More than a dozen volunteers from the United Arab Emirates are helping to rebuild damage in Tuscaloosa from the April 27, 2011, tornado.</P> <DIV> <P>The Tuscaloosa News reports (<A href="http://bit.ly/SxLkoJ"><U><FONT color=#0000ff>http://bit.ly/SxLkoJ</FONT></U></A> ) that the 13 volunteers traveled more than 30 hours to get to Tuscaloosa this week. They're part of a volunteer social program called Takatof, part of the Emirates Foundation for Youth Development. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:32:57 +0000 The Associated Press 18757 at http://apr.org Volunteers From UAE Help Rebuild Tuscaloosa Alabama Gets Money to Help Tornado Victims http://apr.org/post/alabama-gets-money-help-tornado-victims <p>Alabama has up to $8 million to help families repair or replace homes that were destroyed by tornadoes that hit central and north Alabama in April 2011.</p><p>The director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard, said Thursday the money is from a federal grand. Owners of single-family homes can receive up to $25,000 each.</p><p>Three organizations that serve the damaged regions — the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, the Community Services Program of West Alabama, and the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama — will take applications.</p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 13:25:37 +0000 The Associated Press 17493 at http://apr.org Alabama Gets Money to Help Tornado Victims