City leaders and community remember lives lost in Alberta City during solemn April 27th ceremony

Alberta community in Tuscaloosa remembers April 27, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) -A solemn ceremony took place Tuesday in Alberta City to remember the lives lost on April 27, 2011. That area was one of the hardest hit 10 years ago.

A decade later, there now stands a park along University Boulevard in Alberta City and a plaque thanking all the first responders who came to the rescue. That’s where dozens of people gathered Tuesday afternoon to remember the lives lost on April 27th. Bagpipes played “Amazing Grace” as people stood silent to reflect.

Many homes were destroyed including Councilman Kip Tyner’s home. He says he will never forget seeing all the damage, hearing the crackling of the power lines and hearing people screaming for help.

“People desperate. I’ve never seen so much desperation in my life. Where do we go? What do we do…My home is gone…but we moved forward and we see a new landscape,” Tyner said.

Since the storm, Alberta City has grown by leaps and bounds.

Looking around, you’ll see a new police and fire station, the Gateway Innovation and Discovery center, the Alberta school of Performing Arts and new businesses that have opened up along University Boulevard including the Alberta Technology Center and SWJ technology, a high end German engineering firm that decided to open its North American headquarters recently in Alberta.

Tyner tells us more business is on the way.

“It’s a new day for Alberta and we’re so excited about it. We’ve moved forward and we see a new landscape for Alberta,” Tyner said.

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