UPDATE: Governor Bentley Cancels Storm Damage Tour

DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) –  Governor Robert Bentley announced late Friday afternoon he wont be touring tornado damage in Etowah and DeKalb counties due to more possibly severe weather.

Lieutenant Governor Kay Ivey will continue the tour without the governor according to a media release from her office.

She is touring Etowah and DeKalb counties. Both counties are among the nine counties approved for federal disaster assistance. The approval allows storm victims in those counties to apply for individual assistance.

State Emergency Management Director Art Faulkner will also be on the tour.

Other counties approved for federal assistance are Limestone, Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee, Blount, Mobile and Tuscaloosa.

Bethlehem Baptist Church in Etowah County has been turned into a command central for the relief effort there.

Thursday afternoon Lieutenant Governor Ivey stopped there on her way through the two counties, looking at what the tornadoes left behind.

“A gentleman, his house was lifted up, turned and moved two hundred feet, and they were all inside,” Lieutenant Governor Ivey says, “Just amazing. And they were all inside, and they all walked away.”
Ivey says even expecting the magnitude of destruction, it’s still shocking to see. “You are just never prepared to see the depth of the damage.” Ivey says.

She says she’s proud of the response in the two counties and the attitudes of those who lost everything.

“People are more resilient than stone, and that’s a refreshing thing,” Ivey says.

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