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$30 million in grants announced for April 27th tornado recovery efforts

A massive tornado rips across Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2012. A massive tornado rips across Tuscaloosa on April 27, 2012.

Governor Robert Bentley announced on Tuesday more than $30 million in grants will be awarded to 16 Alabama counties and municipalities devastated by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. 

"Alabamians have worked hard to recover from the impact of the April 2011 tornadoes," Governor Robert Bentley said. "We have seen a remarkable spirit of recovery in every area, but there are still effects from the tornadoes that communities need help to address. These grants will help Alabama communities continue the recovery process and become better places to live, work and raise a family. I appreciate Alabama's Congressional delegation for helping to secure funding for the recovery process."

The announcement is apart of a $49.1 million Community Development Block grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to aid disaster recovery.

This funding with help with infrastructure and flood management improvements designed to minimize potential damage from future storms.

Alabama began seeking funding after initial HUD funding was announced to meet the needed cost of cleanup and recovery. Governor Bentley went to Washington back in September to request for the additional funding.

The seven counties and nine municipalities receiving grants are:

  • Tuscaloosa County- $7.3 million for sewer improvements and demolition in the Holt Community.
  • Cullman- $5.72 million for sewer improvements
  • Cordova- $3.7 million for rebuilding city hall and the police department and road improvements
  • Hackleburg- $3.4 million for rebuilding townhall and the police department, street improvements, economic developments and multi-family housing.
  • Marion County- $2.63 million for road and water improvements
  • Cullman- $1.29 million for road improvements
  • Franklin County- $1.23 million for road improvements
  • Winston County- $985,029 for street and sewer improvements.
  • Phil Campbell- $976,104 for road improvements
  • Blount County- $758, 572 for road improvements
  • DeKalb County- $672,135 for road improvements
  • Birmingham- $625,000 for demolition
  • Moutlon- $593,480- for street improvements
  • Haleyville- $523,876 for street improvements
  • Tuscaloosa- $100,000 for bus stop
  • Hanceville- $80,000 for sewer improvements

Officials say 316 people were killed that day as a record 208 tornadoes touched down across the South. In Alabama and Mississippi, there were more than 15 twisters of EF-4 or EF-5 strength. In total, there was an estimated $11 billion in damage.

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