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Governor Bentley tours Etowah County storm damage

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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. - Governor Robert Bentley visited Etowah County on Tuesday afternoon to tour damage from the April 29 tornado that passed through Sardis City.

Bentley said the damage there seems more widespread than in many of the other damaged areas.

He said if there is a natural disaster governor of the whole country, it is him, but that is not something that makes him proud.

"I suspect that since I've been governor, we've visited 80 or 90 tornado sites.  This is a very wide extensive one," he said of the Sardis City damage.

Governor Bentley met with some of the people there who lost their homes, chicken houses, and livestock.  He said the most important thing is that there were no deaths in the tornado.

He also praised the community effort over the past two weeks.

"It's amazing how much clean-up has already taken place," he said.

"The great thing about alabama is neighbors help neighbors and they've done a fantastic job already.">

Bentley said he is pleased with the quick response of FEMA units to the area.  There is a disaster recovery center (DRC) at Sardis City Hall.

"We've had a very good working relationship with fema in all of our natural disasters i want to thank them for all they do.  They do a great job," the governor said.

More than 4,000 victims of the late April storms already signed up for some form of public or individual assistance.  Rosemary Raises is one of the FEMA workers at the DRC in Etowah County.

"We've been having very good numbers.  A lot of people coming," Raises said.

"We didn't think we would see so many people."

But Raises said there are more people out there who are eligible but have not yet registered.  She encourages people to come in for a one-on-one discussion with a FEMA employee as they can provide guidance that is not available when signing up online or over the phone.

"We want people to come in," she said.

"If they have any, any, any kind of concerns when it comes to their FEMA applications, we're here for them."

This is the current list of FEMA disaster recovery centers in Alabama:

JEFFERSON COUNTY

Maurice C. West Community Center
171 2nd Street SW
Graysville, Alabama

Kimberly Senior Center
8013 Warrior- Kimberly Rd
Kimberly Alabama

Lawson State
1098 9th Ave SW
Bessemer, Alabama


ETOWAH COUNTY

Sardis City Hall
1335 Sardis Drive
Boaz, Alabama


LEE COUNTY

Smith's Station Government Center
2336 Lee Co Road 430
Smith’s Station, Alabama


LIMESTONE COUNTY

Ripley W.O.W. Hall
11281 Ripley Road
Athens, Alabama


BALDWIN COUNTY

Elberta Town Hall
10352 Main St
Elberta, Alabama

Fairhope Civic Center (Delchamps Room)
161 North Section St.
Fairhope, Alabama

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