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HUD approves disaster recovery plans in Alabama

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Washington, D.C. -

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved several disaster recovery plans throughout the State of Alabama Tuesday. 

The monies, totaling $54.5 million will help local communities, including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Jefferson County, to recover from severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in 2011. These disaster plans will rely on grants provided earlier this year through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program.   It will allow cities and communities to begin implementing their recovery strategies.

Here's how the funding breaks down:

State of Alabama

$32,110,019

Tuscaloosa

$12,857,064

Birmingham

$4,465,452

Jefferson County

$5,073,652

"This is another important step toward recovery and healing for hard-hit communities across Alabama," said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. "State and local planners will now be able to implement their recovery strategies for restoring and rebuilding housing, infrastructure, and businesses that have been affected."

HUD's CDBG-Disaster Recovery grants are intended to confront housing, business and infrastructure needs beyond those addressed by private insurance and other forms of public assistance.

In addition to the disaster funds approved today, HUD allocated nearly $56 million throughout Alabama in January of 2012 to help communities recover from severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding in the spring of 2011.

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