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Tuscaloosa council considers more storm recovery projects

More Habitat for Humanity homes could be in the works along Juanita Drive. Source: WBRC video More Habitat for Humanity homes could be in the works along Juanita Drive. Source: WBRC video
Lee Thomas, Sr. in front of his Habitat for Humanity house. Source: WBRC video Lee Thomas, Sr. in front of his Habitat for Humanity house. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The road to recovery takes another step forward in Tuscaloosa as the city council considers two big projects in the works to help tornado victims.

Lee Thomas, Sr. speaks with pride about the Habitat for Humanity home he's building in Alberta.

"It's a three bedroom house with a storm room in it. I know where to go the next time there is a tornado," he said.

More of his neighbors could also live in Habitat homes. The city could spend $400,000 in community development block grant money to buy 27 lots on Juanita Drive. In turn, Habitat for Humanity would build single family home for tornado victims.

It could help revitalize a community still recovering from the tornado. Habitat has built 26 homes in Tuscaloosa since the storm. The charity would like to build 40 more along Juanita Drive alone.

Thomas calls that a second chance many tornado victims pray for.

"After what we've been through, it'll mean a lot," he said.

City councilors will also consider opening a $10 million line of credit to pay for other essentials related to the city's recovery from the tornado.

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