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October 28, 2012

Alabama waiting on millions in FEMA twister payments

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — 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.

Different areas are expecting payments of different amounts. In Madison County, officials say they've received $1.2 million and are due $2.5 million in all.

Bill Sizemore of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency says the "whole state" is still waiting for payments.

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