Storm Damage Prompts State of Emergency in 3 Alabama Counties

February 8, 2008

Ala. Gov. Bob Riley will seek a federal disaster declaration for areas of north Alabama hit by tornadoes on this week. In addition, the Governor has declared a State of Emergency exists in Jackson, Lawrence and Walker counties.

Six deaths in Alabama have been attributed to the storms and dozens of homes have been destroyed or damaged. Local and state responders have been assessing damage and helping communities begin the recovery process.

“This is a terrible tragedy and it will take time for these communities to recover, but I want the people to know that the state is committed to providing them with any assistance they may need,” Riley said.

“First responders have done a remarkable job,” said Brock Long, Director of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. “I thank them for their quick response and all they’re doing to assist those in need.”

Source: Alabama Emergency Management Agency

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