Cordova, Ala., Fire Chief Dean Harbison, left, and Mayor Drew Gilbert walk through the town's tornado-damaged downtown. The area looks much as it did right after tornadoes struck in April 2011 because the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to provide funding for demolition and the city can't afford to do the work itself.
Cordova, Ala., Fire Chief Dean Harbison, left, and Mayor Drew Gilbert walk through the town's tornado-damaged downtown. The area looks much as it did right after tornadoes struck in April 2011 because the Federal Emergency Management Agency has yet to provide funding for demolition and the city can't afford to do the work itself.
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published Monday, November 19th, 2012
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CORDOVA, Ala. — Main Street in this old mill town looks about the same as it did the day after tornadoes killed about 250 people across Alabama a year and a half ago: Battered red bricks and broken glass litter the pavement, and the buildings still standing are rickety and roofless.

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