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Road to recovery

Volunteers across the Tennessee Valley are working to clean up after the tornado outbreak. Volunteers across the Tennessee Valley are working to clean up after the tornado outbreak.
Students are returning to class after their school was destroyed. Students are returning to class after their school was destroyed.
School systems will decide how to make up class days missed due to the storms. School systems will decide how to make up class days missed due to the storms.

Continuing on the "Road to Recovery"

Good Monday everyone. And I hope and pray this Monday finds you with renewed hope and strength in the wake of the historic tornado outbreak of April 27th.

We're continuing to follow the "Road to Recovery" in a number of different ways.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle will be assessing the city's response to this disaster, and covering a number of other tornado-related issues in a speech we'll be carrying live just after 5 o'clock this evening.

Many have been asking when FEMA trailers would be arriving in North Alabama to provide tornado victims with a place to live. The first group of those trailers arrived in the Franklin County town of Phil Campbell today. We'll check and see how many more trailers are headed our way, when they're expected to arrive and why FEMA officials chose Phil Campbell first.

Speaking of FEMA, there aren't a lot of people applying for FEMA money so far. Lack of communication may be a factor there. We'll try to clear things up for you this evening, explaining what you need to do to get the money you need to recover.

Speaking of assistance, Jack Madison is checking into people who relied on government programs for food before the storms. Questions have come up as to how this might affect those people now.

We mentioned the town of Phil Campbell; a group of kids from Georgia are in that town today. They share the "Bobcats" mascot, and traveled here to North Alabama to help the many tornado victims there.

A number of school buildings sustained heavy damage or were even destroyed during the storms. Plainview School is actually hosting other students from the area. Plainview students are going a half-day, and then other displaced students are using their building for a half day. Stephen McLamb will have more on how this is working.

And speaking of schools, now that state lawmakers have voted to allow each school system to decide how it will make up the class days missed due to the storms. We'll have updates on what that plan is for your school system coming up this evening.

Be sure and join us for these stories and much more on WAFF 48 News tonight at 5, 6 & 10. 

Have a great day.
Mark Thornhill

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