Central Alabama hit again by tornados
At least ten tornados tore through central Alabama on Monday, killing two people and injuring at least 100 others. A report in the Birmingham News noted that the storms came nearly nine months after the April 27 tornado disaster prompted state and federal officials to promise devastated communities funding for hundreds of storm shelters that have yet to materialize.
DeKalb County had applied, and been approved, for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to build shelters well before the 2011 disaster brought seven tornados through the county.
In many areas, shelters will not be installed by the spring. “It’s heartbreaking,” DeKalb County’s emergency management director, Anthony Clifton, commented. “Because of administrative issues, they were not in place in those communities on April 27. Now, to go through a second season without them in place is just unconscionable.” Read more......