CORDOVA, Ala. (AP) — Main Street in this old mill town looks about the same as it did the day after tornadoes killed about 250 people across Alabama a year and a half ago: Battered red bricks and broken glass litter the pavement, and the buildings still standing are rickety and roofless.
The entire one-block downtown, still deemed unsafe, remains sealed off by a chain-link fence. City officials blame the Federal Emergency Management Agency, saying the money to demolish skeletons of the old buildings is mired in miles of red tape.
Guys...I know this happened in 2011 and more people were killed than during Hurricane Sandy, but your state is not Obama Territory. You didn't vote for him in 2008. You didn't vote for him in 2012. You're not likely to vote for the Democrat candidate in 2016. There are no opportunities to use photo opportunities in Alabama, because it will do no good. And, to add insult to injury, Cordova, Alabama is a coal region. Help ain't coming...ever.When one request for photos or historical documentation is met, FEMA makes another, the mayor and others in this town of 2,100 say. One crop of workers is replaced by another, forcing locals to constantly explain their problems to new people.