Governor Tours Tornado Damage in Pike County


By Brittany Bivins

Governor Bentley visited the hardest-hit areas at Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy and County Road 2214 in Goshen. He says the state will help provide resources storm victims need to recover.

Fifty-two homes were damaged or destroyed in Pike County on Christmas Day. Damage like this is something Governor Bentley's seen before.

"We may be the tornado governor of the country, with all the experience we had with April twenty-seventh and we just want, I think it's very important to come out and visit people, and see the damage," he said.

"I think there'll be a big excitement down here, knowing he's concerned about us down here," said Tony Watling, who lives at Brantley Mobile Home Park.

On Friday, Bentley said the state has applied for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration to help storm victims.

"Anyone who needs a small business loan can apply for that. We can do that very quickly without having to address the damages when we apply to FEMA," he said.

Bentley said it's not clear if FEMA will provide aid to Alabama. However, cleaning up the damage will take time and a lot of money.

"I you have insurance, hopefully your insurance will cover it. If you don't have insurance, then it's very difficult, and then we have to look for other ways to help people, whether it is through a small business loan or whether it's through the governor emergency relief fund," he said.

Governor Bentley says the governor's emergency relief fund is also accepting monetary donations to help the storm victims.

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