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Ala. organizations raise $23M for tornado relief

In the hours after the storm that plowed through Tuscaloosa, AL, residents flooded the streets to view the damage. (Source: Jason Clark) In the hours after the storm that plowed through Tuscaloosa, AL, residents flooded the streets to view the damage. (Source: Jason Clark)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - More than $23 million has been raised by major relief organizations for tornado recovery in Alabama but $8 million of that hasn't been spent yet.

The Birmingham News reports that the money is reserved for long-term needs like helping victims with housing and rebuilding communities. For example, the Governor's Emergency Relief Fund has raised nearly $4 million but spent none of it since the April 27 tornadoes that killed hundreds across the state.

The newspaper requested donations and spending numbers from major relief organizations ranging from the American Red Cross to the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.

The Red Cross and the Salvation Army spent about $17 million on emergency relief just after the storms. In contrast, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $65 million in assistance so far.

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