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Sessions tours Cullman County tornado areas

The senator said the recovery since the April, 2011 outbreak is remarkable The senator said the recovery since the April, 2011 outbreak is remarkable

Of the six tornadoes that hit Cullman County during the April 2011 outbreak, the strongest ripped right through downtown Cullman.

No one was killed in the city. Two people did lose their lives in the county. The recovery there has come a long way, but there is still work to be done. There remain some signs of what happened fifteen months ago. U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions toured the tornado-stricken areas Tuesday and said what he's inspired by the way Cullman County responded to the disaster.

"The reports are very good that Cullman has made a dramatic recovery. In fact, they've won an award for the recovery they've achieved since the storm. People of Alabama are resilient. They know a disaster when they see one. But they're willing to face up to it, overcome it," Session said.

Cullman County Emergency Management Agency Director Phyllis Little said there are still a few who need help.

"It's coming back. The city and the county are coming back and they're coming back remarkably well," Little said. "We still have folks living in the city and in the county who are having some problems getting their homes repaired. Maybe no insurance or not enough insurance, and we have the long term recovery committee that's helping with that.

This week, Senator Sessions also visited areas in Phil Campbell and Hackleburg that were hit hard by the storms. He said he will take what he learned back to Washington, D.C. to see if there are any ways to close the gaps for people or businesses who still need help.

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