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FEMA tours Limestone Co. tornado damage

Limestone County storm damage. Limestone County storm damage.
Tammy Haddock sits among what used to be her home. Tammy Haddock sits among what used to be her home.

Tuesday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is touring some of the hardest hit areas from Monday's tornado.

People in Limestone County are eligible for grants and low cost loans to help repair their property since the county has been declared a disaster area by the federal government.

That is only the case for the four counties that have been given a disaster declaration - Jefferson, Limestone, Lee and Baldwin.

"That does not mean we are not looking at all the other counties," said Bentley. "In fact, today we have FEMA Looking at Etowah County and some of the other counties and we will look at all the other counties. Now if there is damage we want to put them in and try to get assistance for everyone."

Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Bentley officially requested that Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile and Tuscaloosa Counties be added to the list.

Utility crews have been hard at work in the storm damaged area, trying to restore power. The City of Athens said Tuesday night that 200 customers remain without power.

The debris removal process will start Wednesday in Athens.

Athens officials will close Lucas Ferry Road between West Hobbs Street and Market Street from 8 a.m. to noon for removal of storm debris.

Both Blue Springs Elementary and Clements High School are without power. School leaders said the schools will reopen 24 to 48 hours after power is restored to the campuses.

The school district has been grated a waiver from the state for students in Blue Springs and Clements schools to be declared exempt from state tests, which were due to begin this week. 104 students and 17 faculty from both schools are reportedly without homes.

Two people were killed in the EF-3 tornado that his the Coxey Community on April 28. A mother and son died when the storm hit Billy and Barb's Trailer Court that afternoon. The trailer park owner said 80 more residents were saved after seeking refuge in the community storm shelter.

One of the survivors of the tornado, Tammy Haddock, spoke to us the night of the storms. She said Tuesday that FEMA is telling her it could be several weeks before they can expect to see funds.

A FEMA representative toured the plot of land which used to contain her home - now reduced to a concrete slab.

"He asked a million questions; he told me in six to 10 days we'd receive the paperwork to fill out and turn back in to FEMA," Haddock said.

She said she has been shocked by the number of people tracking her down to let her know they have some of her most priceless possessions.

"A friend of mine let me know last night that they found my wedding dress," Haddock said. "I have a cousin who works at Athens Elementary; one of the teachers on the playground found a picture of my son."

Haddock does plan to rebuild. She said she'll wait on FEMA and continue to thank those that have helped her get back on her feet.

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