Good Day Alabama for May 4, 2011 - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Good Day Alabama for May 4, 2011

Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for May 4, 2011:

Death toll - The death toll from last week's storms in Alabama has declined, but a re-count is underway. State officials believe some victims may have been counted twice. As of this morning, the number stands at 236, down from 250. The head of the state EMA says he is not sure when officials might get an accurate count because they are still searching for possible victims.

 

Power restored - Alabama Power crews have been busy this past week and their hard work has paid off. Only a little over 7,000 people statewide are without power this morning. That is down from the more than 412,000 without power immediately after the storms hit last week.

 

Hale County - Rick talked with Russell Weeden from the Hale County EMA about the damage and recovery there - especially in towns like Greensboro and Sawyerville. The Hale County community of Sawyerville, about an hour drive from Tuscaloosa saw four deaths. Another two people were killed near Greensboro.

 

Calhoun County - Rick talked with Marissa Brimer with the Calhoun County EMA about damage and recovery in Jacksonville, Ohatchee, and Wellington.

 

Poverty Project - Kristina Scott from the Alabama Poverty Project came to the studio to discuss storm victims in poverty. 30 of the 36 counties declared part of the disaster have poverty levels above the national poverty rate. Scott points out the challenges that will create in those communities. Those storm victims likely won't have health or property insurance. Many will have chronic or pre-existing health problems to complicate the recovery effort. Higher unemployment will be a problem in those counties. They have been coordinating where to go for resources.

 

School Superintendent - Rick and Janice talked with Superintendent Joe Morton about Alabama's schools - especially those damaged and closed down by the storms. Morton says he should know by the end of Wednesday what plans will be in place to help the storm damaged schools.

 

Brookwood relief - Janice talks with Melissa Camp from Brookwood about how volunteers help there and in the surround communities. Camp went into the hard-hit community of Brookwood to help storm victims there. She told us about her experience and what she plans to do next to help.

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