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Governor Bentley speaks with residents in Madison County

Published 3:29pm Thursday, March 8, 2012

Governor Robert Bentley and state Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner visited Damaged areas of Madison County this afternoon.

Governor Bentley visits Harvest residents (photo courtesy Waff 48)

Gov. Robert Bentley told the residents of Yarbrough Road “I will look to see if the state can build storm shelters in tornado-prone areas such as Harvest”

Bentley and state EMA  Director Art Faulkner stopped on Yarbrough Road in Harvest this afternoon during a driving tour of Madison County that took him through the Meridianville,New Market and the Harvest areas.

This is the same areas that were affected last spring when a rash of killer tornadoes unleashed across the state.

“It’s not as bad as what we had in the spring, but if hits your home, it’s just as bad,” Bentley said as he visited and talked with homeowners along the damage paths in Madison County

FEMA officials have already said the damage in Madison county doesn’t qualify for federal aid, but Bentley said his staff is looking to see if the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs might be able to help pay for tornado shelters in areas that have been hit by tornadoes multiple times. As he left the Harvest area Gov. Bentley was going to stop by the Limestone Correctional Facility that took a hit from the EF-3 tornado as well, before moving on to the Athens area.

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