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President Trump declares major disaster in Alabama after severe weather in February, March

This includes the counties of Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Winston.

Posted: Apr 17, 2019 4:22 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2019 2:30 PM

On Wednesday, President Trump declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alabama after severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, and flooding from February 19 to March 20, 2019.

This includes the counties of Cherokee, Colbert, DeKalb, Franklin, Jackson, Lamar, Madison, Marion, Morgan and Winston. The president ordered federal assistance to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the affected areas.

The White House says the federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. This is for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the severe weather.  

The White House says federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures in Alabama.

Colbert County Emergency Management Agency Director Mike Melton said it is very early on in this process, but it's his understanding that there will be funds available for government-owned property. He said there will be an applicant meeting with the state EMA to determine what would be covered and what would not. At this time, he said he does not know when that meeting would be. 

“I’m grateful to the President and FEMA for granting this major disaster declaration. This is a step in the right direction that will help communities in North Alabama recover after the devastating flooding that hit the region earlier this year. I will continue to look for every possible avenue on the federal level to help the folks who have been affected by this flooding,” Senator Doug Jones said.

Below is a statement from Governor Kay Ivey:

“The state of Alabama is far too familiar with the often unpredictable, damaging effects of severe weather. In recent months, our state has endured a variety of storm systems, including immense and historic flooding in North Alabama. Alabama is very grateful and pleased to welcome this news. President Trump always stands ready to help Alabama, and I’m grateful for his hand in this recovery process. We can now fully be on the road to recovery because of the assistance of President Trump.”

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