Category: Affected Communities

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Year of recovery brings family closer together

Kevin Bannister biked two and a half miles from Alberta City to his sister’s home several hours after the tornado on April 27, 2011. The only thing he had was a small flashlight between his teeth to guide him. The trip, from his home on 10th Street East to his sister’s home near Buffalo Wild Wings on McFarland Boulevard, took […]

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Residents hopeful for Alberta

The community of Alberta was one of the areas hit hardest by the April 27 tornado. The storm left hundreds of families without homes, business owners without businesses and students without a school. But in the wake of tragedy, the community has come together in strength and in courage with the determination to move forward. “One thing I’ll always take […]

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Apartments house people affected by tornado

The tornado that hit Tuscaloosa on April 27 left hundreds of people displaced, including some University of Alabama students. While the tornado did not directly hit the dorms and apartments on campus, there were those students dwelling in off-campus housing that needed help. The off-campus division of UA Housing and Residential Communities was home to some students, as were many […]

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Neighborhoods plan next move after storm

Forest Lake By Sarah Massey For residents of Forest Lake, the recovery over the last three months since the tornado has largely been focused on cleanup and planning for the future of the neighborhood. Christine Dietsch, president of the Forest Lake Neighborhood Association, said there is a focus on keeping residents informed of what is going on in the larger […]

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Storm victims search for Purple Heart amidst rubble in Holt

Though many residents of Holt are no longer picking through the remnants of their homes, one family is still searching. Larry and Margaret Krallman have been combing the lot of 24 Crescent Ridge Road East and the surrounding area since the night of April 27, when an EF-4 tornado left much of the Holt community in shambles. The three-bedroom house […]

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