Cordova waiting on 2nd round of tornado recovery funds

CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) – The state continues pumping millions of dollars into tornado recovery, more than two years later.

One community which is trying to catch up in the recovery process is Cordova. Recently, the city finished the demolition of its downtown and hopes to begin rebuilding thanks to funding.

Tornado damaged communities are gearing up for a second round of funding.

Condemned buildings blighted Cordova’s landscape for two long years with the entire downtown fenced off … today the area is a clean slate and ready for new business.

The most anticipated of them all … a grocery store.

1.4 million dollars in recovery funding is going into a new grocery store. The first big business to return to the downtown area.

Construction is expected to begin in about 90 days.

As part of the second wave of long-term disaster recovery funding. Governor Bentley accepted this 49 million dollar check from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development while in town to take a look at the progress being made.

Cordova plans to ask for 6-10 million to build a police department, city hall and library downtown.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is holding an informational meeting for any area that wants to apply for a portion of the 49 million dollars for tornado relief. It will be held at Cullman City Hall Thursday morning at ten o’clock.

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