Governor awards $15.7 million for tornado disaster relief

      Governor Robert Bentley on Wednesday announced more than $15.7 million that will be awarded to nine local governments as they continue their long-term recovery from the April 2011 tornadoes.

      "This funding will help make communities whole," Governor Bentley said.{} "The storms were devastating to so many areas.{} But since the storms, we've seen a remarkable spirit of recovery.{} The recovery is a long-term process, and this funding will make a tremendous difference."

      The funding will meet community-specific needs.{} For example, one grant will help with downtown revitalization in Hackleburg.{} Another will help with site preparation and construction to help attract a new grocery store to Cordova, which lost its only grocery store in the tornado outbreak.{} In all, there are 19 funding awards among nine local governments.

      Those receiving awards and the totals are:

      • Cordova: $1,392,613
      • DeKalb County: $950,000
      • Franklin County: $125,000
      • Hackleburg: $4,788,921
      • Marion County: $300,000
      • Moulton: $375,000
      • Phil Campbell: $2,450,000
      • Tuscaloosa (city): $3,470,000
      • Tuscaloosa County - Holt Community: $1,900,000

      The $15,751,534 in total awards is funded by a special allocation Alabama secured from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      More than 250 people were killed, and 2,200 people were injured during a two-week period in April 2011 when the state was struck by multiple tornadoes.{} According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 6,237 houses and 1,275 mobile homes were destroyed.{}