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 Countyduring the April 2011 outbreak, the strongest ripped right through downtownCullman.

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

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

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

"It's coming back. The city and thecounty are coming back and they're coming back remarkably well," Littlesaid. "We still have folks living in the city and in the county who arehaving some problems getting their homes repaired. Maybe no insurance or notenough insurance, and we have the long term recovery committee that's helpingwith that.

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