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Governor Bentley Visits Tornado Victims One Year Later

Governor Robert Bentley is touring many of the towns hit hardest by tornadoes.

Tuesday he visited DeKalb, Cullman, and St. Clair counties to meet with home and business owners, as well as first responders.

The governor’s helicopter landed on the property of Bradley and Cindy White near Rainsville early Tuesday morning.

“What I’m trying to do is visit people and see how their lives are being put back together and see how they got through it,” Bentley said.

The Whites and their four teenage children welcomed the governor into their home, which was rebuilt in four months.

“We’re just real glad that he’s come out, and checking on people. It’s been amazing that all the people have come out and helped with us,” Bradley White said.

The Whites did not have insurance but were able to rebuild through a lot of hard work.

“I just tell Bradley every morning, how blessed we are just to have each other and the home we’ve got,” Cindy White said.

The family also helped other neighbors rebuild, and governor Bentley said that kind of community commitment will help expedite the ongoing recovery process.

“In a disaster like this it usually takes, according to FEMA, five to ten years,” he said.

“I don’t think it’ll take that long. ┬áNot in Alabama.”

Bentley will visit Hackleburg and Phil Campbell Thursday, and spend Friday in Tuscaloosa on the one year anniversary of the deadly tornadoes.