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Hope for Alabama

Families across the Tennessee Valley are cleaning up. Families across the Tennessee Valley are cleaning up.
Volunteers are donating time and money to recovery efforts. Volunteers are donating time and money to recovery efforts.
A fire at a tire company sent toxic gas into the air. A fire at a tire company sent toxic gas into the air.

The Road to Recovery

Good afternoon. Things are slowly but surely getting back to normal in North Alabama.

If you have power today, consider yourself lucky.TVA says about 152-thousand homes and businesses, mostly in Alabama, remain without power as a result of last week's storms. A TVA a spokesperson says they anticipate restoring power to most customers this week. Meanwhile, Browns Ferry nuclear plant remains in "safe shutdown mode" while repairs are made on the transmission lines. No word yet on a restart date.

The curfew in Decatur has been lifted since power has been restored in the city, but a curfew remains in effect in Madison County until power is restored across the County. Officials expect to have power restored to 60% of customers by tomorrow. As power comes back on, officials are asking customers to conserve so the system is not overloaded.

Parents we, know you are wondering whether to send your children to school. We have heard from several school systems. Here is what we have so far: Marshall County schools will be closed tomorrow for students, but 12 month employees need to report to work at 8 AM in the morning. Madison and Jackson County schools are closed tomorrow. Scottsboro and DeKalb County schools will be closed until further notice. Hartselle City Schools are closed, but central office, maintenance, principals, cafeteria staff and custodians must report. For a complete listing of school closings, go to waff.com.

We have information about FEMA assistance, curfews, donation locations and volunteer opportunities on WAFF.com. You can submit your drop off locations to us and see an interactive map with the drop off points we have so far.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources says that current food assistance recipients will be issued food benefits early this month to assist those impacted by the severe weather. Food assistant families will receive their benefits posted to their Electronic Benefit Transfer accounts beginning immediately. 

In other news, firefighters are on the scene of a business fire in Huntsville. They are battling the fire at Payless Tires on Oakwood Avenue. At last check, fire officials were trying to bring the fire under control and may have to evacuate nearby residents.

I hope you will join us tonight for WAFF 48 News at 5, 6 and 10 as we have continuing coverage of the recovery efforts from April's Fury. Have a great afternoon. 

Kim Essex
News Anchor, WAFF 48
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