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Reform, Alabama, continues recovery effort following tornado

Reform is still recovering following a devastating tornado in August.

Posted: Dec. 1, 2017 3:30 PM
Updated: Dec. 1, 2017 7:50 PM

REFORM, Ala. (WTVA) – It’s been three months since an EF-2 tornado left a path in Pickens, Lamar and Fayette counties in Alabama.

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One of the hardest hit areas was on 6th Street in Reform. Debris can still be found along the street.

“When I first arrived on scene, it was amazing no one was seriously injured or killed in that,” said Reform Mayor Bennie Harton

He says progress is being made.

“We asked the county to come in because they had the equipment to do the jobs more so than the city did so they were very instrumental.”

Mayor Harton says everyone affected has received some help from the American Red Cross, local churches or their families.

The tornado stayed on the ground for 31 miles on August 31 and had winds up to 115 miles per hour, but that tragedy has only made people here stronger.

“Together we can overcome just about any situation,” Harton said.

The City of Reform has two storm shelters that can house about 100 people total, but for a city of about 2,000 people, the mayor and city council are working to get more shelters in place.

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