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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.

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