Cordova finally secures funding to rebuild after April 27 - WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Cordova finally secures funding to rebuild after April 27

Downtown Cordova has looked much like this for Downtown Cordova has looked much like this for
CORDOVA, AL (WBRC) -

Tornado recovery has been a long road for the Walker County city of Cordova. The damage to the downtown business district was so bad after the April 27, 2011 tornado that city leaders decided to tear it down and start from scratch.

However until now, F.E.M.A. had refused to release the needed funding to complete the project.

The hold-up was rooted in history. Cordova was founded in 1859, and F.E.M.A. officials were concerned that if downtown was demolished, a part of the past would be lost.

Before they would approve funding, the organization made city leaders submit photographs and other historical documentation so that an assesment could be made.

"They had deemed that there were adverse effects with losing these buildings with the historical nature and their age and what not. And they wanted to try and preserve what they could," said Cordova fire chief Dean Harbinson who has also been serving as the city's disaster relief coordinator.

Last week Harbinson finally got the word from F.E.M.A. that the city could proceed with the demolition.

"We've been after this for 18 months or longer and it's been hard process, a lot of hurdles we've had to go through. It takes a lot of people working together to get it done," said Harbinson.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Franklin County school bus driver suspended after high-speed video becomes public

    Franklin County school bus driver suspended after high-speed video becomes public

    Sunday, March 26 2017 2:43 PM EDT2017-03-26 18:43:00 GMT
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)

    Parents are outraged over video shared of what appears to be a Franklin County School bus speeding with children on board.

    More >>

    Parents are outraged over video shared of what appears to be a Franklin County School bus speeding with children on board.

    More >>
  • Escaped Lawrence County inmate captured in Colorado

    Escaped Lawrence County inmate captured in Colorado

    Sunday, March 26 2017 1:34 PM EDT2017-03-26 17:34:07 GMT
    Source: Pueblo County Sheriff's OfficeSource: Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

    An incarcerated Lawrence County man who walked off a work detail earlier this month has been captured in Colorado.  The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office reportedly took Austen Larry Williams, 28, into custody on Saturday. 

    More >>

    An incarcerated Lawrence County man who walked off a work detail earlier this month has been captured in Colorado.  The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office reportedly took Austen Larry Williams, 28, into custody on Saturday. 

    More >>
  • Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Amber Alert canceled for Pickens County boy

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:31 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:31:56 GMT

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>

    Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has CANCELLED the Amber Alert for 11-month-old Christian Clay Perkins. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly