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Alabama awards grants for tornado recovery

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 12/17/2013 1:46 pm
CULLMAN, Ala. (WTVA) -- The state of Alabama will provide grants to communities affected by a tornado outbreak in April of 2011.

On Tuesday, Governor Robert Bentley announced more than $30 million in grants for 16 counties and municipalities devastated by the storms.

The funds come from a special $49.1 million Community Development Block Grant provided by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The money will assist with demolition projects, construction on public buildings and multi-family housing, and repairs to roads and water and sewer services.

The money will also help with drainage improvements and economic revitalization efforts.

Alabama will submit an additional plan for projects to be funded with the remaining funds at a later date.

Projects announced Tuesday include:

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 making road improvements
Hackleburg - $3.4 million for rebuilding town hall and the police department, street improvements, economic development and multi-family housing
Marion County - $2.63 million for road and water improvements
Cullman County - $1.29 million for road improvements
Franklin County - $1.23 million for road improvements
Winston County - $985,029 for road improvements
Phil Campbell – $976,104 for street and sewer improvements and demolition
Blount County- $758,572 for road improvements
DeKalb County – $672,135 for road improvements
Birmingham - $625,000 for demolition
Moulton – $593,480 for street improvements
Haleyville- $523,876 for street improvements
Tuscaloosa - $100,000 for bus stop
Hanceville - $80,000 for sewer improvements

More than 250 people died and 2,200 were injured by multiple tornadoes and storms over a two-week period in April 2011.

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 6,237 houses and 1,275 mobile homes were destroyed.
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