The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

March 28, 2013

Alabama getting more tornado recovery aid

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — 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.

"There are still several communities suffering from the long-term effects of the 2011 storms," Bentley said. "This funding will go a long way in helping these communities recover."

Bentley visited Washington in September to seek more federal assistance.

The tornadoes killed more than 250 Alabamians, injured nearly 2,800 people, and damaged or destroyed about 23,500 homes, leaving thousands homeless.

HUD will develop guidelines on how the new allocations can be used. Bentley said the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs will administer the state's share.

The $119.7 million is in addition to nearly $56 million that HUD allocated to Alabama in January 2012.

In addition to the HUD money, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $278.2 million to Alabama for counseling, public assistance and cleanup after the storms and $77.3 million to individuals for storm recovery, said Yasamie August, spokeswoman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

Between HUD and FEMA, Alabama and its residents have been allocated $531 million in federal support.

1
Text Only
State and Nation
Photos


Poll

Which foreign crisis is the biggest threat to the security of the United States?

Russia-Ukraine
Israel-Palestine
Iraq
None of the above
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Twitter Updates
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Business Marquee