Alabama April 2011 tornadoes

Tornado Recovery
4:39 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Alabama Gets $30 Million More For Tornado Recovery

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.
Credit apr

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.

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.

Tuscaloosa County will get $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in Holt.

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Politics & Government
3:49 pm
Sun July 28, 2013

Tuscaloosa Offers $500K in Tornado Recovery Loans

Several Tuscaloosa neighborhoods were completely devastated by the April 27th tornadoes.
Maggie Martin/APR News

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.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/15TZchw) 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.

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Politics & Government
7:33 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Ala. Governor to Receive Tornado Recovery Funds

Governor Robert Bentley will receive the federal recovery funds in Cordova, one of the Alabama communities hard hit by the April 27 storms.
Joe Songer/jsonger@al.com

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.

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Tornado-Damaged Schools
4:28 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Tornado-Damaged Alabama Schools Closer To Repairs

The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012 like Murphy High School in Mobile.
Credit G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.

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.

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.

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Politics & Government
6:38 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Ala. House Passes Bond Issue to Rebuild Schools

Murphy High School is one of several schools that would receive tornado recovery money.
G.M. Andrews/AP Photo

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.


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.

Tornado Aid
4:50 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Getting More Tornado Recovery Aid

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from April 2011 tornadoes.

Alabama is getting nearly $120 million in federal assistance to help with recovery from the deadly tornadoes in April 2011.


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. Tuscaloosa will get $43.9 million, Birmingham $17.5 million, and Jefferson County $9.1 million.


Bentley says the new funding will help several areas of the state that are still suffering long-term effects from the storms.

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Alabama Tornadoes
4:14 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. Town Hit By '11 Twisters Gets Demo OK

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.
Credit FEMA

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.


Leaders in the Walker County city of Cordova hope the project can begin moving forward within the next two or three months.


Officials announced the decision today at a meeting of Cordova's long-term recovery committee.

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Tornado Relief
5:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Governor Announces Tornado Relief Grants For Ala.

Governor Bentley announced federal grants for tornado recovery for nine local governments.
Credit The Birmingham News, Tamika Moore

Nine local governments in north and west Alabama have been awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to help with tornado recovery.


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.

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Arts & Life
7:42 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Left With Tornado Damage, Ala. Town Blaming FEMA

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.

Mayor Drew Gilbert says the Federal Emergency Management Agency is constantly seeking explanations and documentation, and holding up the process.

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.

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Arts & Life
6:00 am
Tue October 30, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Becky Collier's assistant brings out a bald eagle for schoolkids to see. It's part of the Raptor Trek presentation at the West Alabama Birding Trail Launch September 21.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.


The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.


“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"


“HELLO!”


“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.

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Arts & Life
7:57 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Bird Watchers Observe How April Tornadoes Change Migration Patterns

Birder Paul Franklin spots something in Birmingham's Botanical Gardens.
Maggie Martin/APR News

"Hi!" shouts Becky Collier, a 4-H program coordinator in West Alabama.

The kids in the audience unenthusiastically shout "hi" back.

“That was pathetic," says Collier.  "We’re going to try that again! HELLO!"

“HELLO!”

“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.

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Arts & Life
6:32 pm
Sun October 28, 2012

Ala Waiting on Millions in FEMA Twister Payments

Homes in this Hillcrest neighborhood in Tuscaloosa, AL are among the thousands lost in the April 2011 outbreak in Alabama.
Credit Maggie Martin/APR News

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.

Art Faulkner, director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency, says the state already has received $112 million from FEMA.

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.

Faulkner says more payments are coming.

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Arts & Life
8:32 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Volunteers From UAE Help Rebuild Tuscaloosa

Khawla Alhosani, left, and Zainab Saeed work at a home in the Alberta area of Tuscaloosa Tuesday.
Dusty Compton/Tuscaloosa News

More than a dozen volunteers from the United Arab Emirates are helping to rebuild damage in Tuscaloosa from the April 27, 2011, tornado.

The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/SxLkoJ ) 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. Takatof has helped mobilize volunteers and has sent them all over the world, including China, Korea, Africa and Pakistan.

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Politics & Government
8:25 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Alabama Gets Money to Help Tornado Victims

http://www.adeca.alabama.gov Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs

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.

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.

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.

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