Governor Ivey tours tornado destruction around Alabama

Governor Ivey tours tornado damage

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey got a firsthand look at the destruction from last week’s tornadoes which hit Alabama. The Governor saw the damage and spoke with those who lost family members and homes.

Governor Ivey’s first stop was at a mobile home park outside of Ohatchee that was destroyed and where three family members were killed.

“I lost a sister, my brother-in-law, a niece. We got two in the hospital right now,” Kalvin Bowers said.

Bowers is talking about Willie Harris, Barbara Harris, and Ebonique Harris. Bowers says the remaining family is searching for a new place to stay.

After that, the governor went to Hale County to see the damage there. She spoke with a 76-year-old man who survived.

“This is true devastation. Mother nature is a strong, powerful situation. Y’all are lucky to be alive,” Ivey said.

Ivey’s final stop was at Eagle Point where she met with a couple in their eighties who were buried inside their home. They had to be dug out of the rubble.

“This is nothing. We can rebuild and replace, but our lives we can’t,” Mary Rose DeArman said.

Governor Ivey said the state was lucky not to see more deaths. Some areas, she believes, need to have more storm shelters.

“Build some storm shelters. I would plead with all of you - touch base with all of your community based groups and share the need with them. Y’all get together and start digging some dirt,” Ivey said.

Damage assessments are still ongoing. It remains to be seen if Alabama will have enough damage to get assistance, but that is not stopping a lot of folks. They are doing their best to repair, to rebuild, and put their lives back together again after so much destruction.

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