Good Afternoon. Progress is definitely being made as we recover from devastating storms that hit one week ago today.
If you live in the city of Huntsville, chances are you have power this afternoon. At a morning news conference, Huntsville Utilities said 97 percent of the homes in Huntsville now have power. 8,000 people are still waiting for lights to come back on. Those folks are in heavily damaged areas. Officials say if you are among those who don't have power yet, please be patient. It may take a little longer, but they are working around the clock to get your power back on.
If you have damage from last week's storms, insurance agents say it not too late for you to file a claim. Mobile claim centers have been set up in some of the hardest hit areas. Agents are working around the clock to get adjusters out to everyone, but say homeowners with the most severe damage will take priority. You can help out adjusters by taking pictures of personal items and any interior damage your home sustained. We have a link to all the major insurance companies in our area on waff.com.
Some schools went back to class today and others will be going back tomorrow. Madison City, Morgan County and Scottsboro schools all were back in class today. Huntsville City and Madison County students will return to class tomorrow. Jackson and Lawrence County schools will also reopen tomorrow.
Lauderdale County has now been added to the list of Alabama counties approved for federal aid. There are 11 other counties already on the list including Colbert, Madison, Franklin, Limestone, Marshall, Cullman, DeKalb, Morgan and Lawrence counties. You can apply for individual aid if you live in one of these counties. To do so, contact FEMA at 1(800) 621-3362.
Remember, we have an entire section on waff.com devoted to storm recovery. All the information you need to know is there; whether you suffered damage or if you are looking to volunteer your time or donate much needed items.
Join us tonight for WAFF 48 news at 5, 6 and 10. Our news crews are fanned out all over the Valley bringing you stories of survival as well as getting useful information for those affected by the storms.
Have a great night and I will see you tonight on WAFF 48 News at 6 and 10.