Sign in to comment!

Menu
Home

Disasters

A Month Later, Alabama Tornado Survivors Still in Shelters

Alabama Shelters for Tornado Victims

In this Tuesday, May 24, 2011 photo, people travel to the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A tornado destroyed many homes and businesses when it ripped through the town on April 27, 2011. (AP)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It's been a month since tornadoes bulldozed seven southern states, killing more than 300 people, yet nearly 100 Alabama survivors are still living in shelters where the nights are fitful and the days are long.

It could be a preview of what's in store for some in Joplin, Mo., after a twister there killed at least 125 people and leveled entire neighborhoods.

The lingering shelter problem is worst in Tuscaloosa. The University of Alabama's home city took the biggest hit in the April 27 storms, losing 41 people and hundreds of homes.

About 300 people were in Alabama shelters three days after the twisters hit. Now officials say more than 80 people remain at a shelter in Tuscaloosa. In Birmingham, 10 people are still living at a church.

Bank Rates

Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
30 Y Fixed Graph 3.84% up 3.80%  
15 Y Fixed Graph 3.06% up 3.03%  
30 Y Fixed Jumbo Graph 4.10% dw 4.15%  
5/1 ARM Graph 3.14% dw 3.15%  
5/1 Jumbo ARM Graph 3.18% dw 3.27%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
$30K HELOC Graph 4.60% -- 4.60%  
$50K HELOC Graph 4.09% dw 4.11%  
$30K Loan Graph 4.91% dw 4.92%  
$50K Loan Graph 4.34% -- 4.34%  
$75K Loan Graph 4.36% -- 4.36%  
Loan Type Graph Rate +/- Last Week
36 M New Graph 2.73% dw 2.75%  
36 M Used Graph 3.21% dw 3.23%  
48 M New Graph 2.97% dw 3.02%  
48 M Used Graph 2.76% dw 2.87%  
60 M New Graph 3.11% -- 3.11%  
Loan Type Graph Yield +/- Last Week
6 month Graph 0.38% -- 0.38%  
1 yr Graph 0.70% -- 0.71%  
5 yr Graph 1.48% -- 1.48%