HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WIAT) – On April 27th, 2011, an EF5 tornado with winds of 210 miles per hour hit the Marion County town of Hackleburg.
The twister killed 18 people, injured more than 100 others and devastated the community.
2 years later, the people of Hackleburg are optimistic about the future.
Today construction of the new school has begun. Students are currently holding class in FEMA trailers. The football field will be ready by the fall. Football is a long time tradition in Hackleburg and hold their first home game in fall 2013 will be a significant symbolic return to normalcy.
The Wrangler Jean plant was leveled by the tornado. In April 2013 they resumed operations in a brand new facility. That is a major economic step for the town.
However many in the town say they need more shops and a restaurant. More businesses will create a tax revenue that can help fix up roads, downtown and build a new police station.