Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby Honors Wetumpka, Elmore County on House Floor

January 23, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today spoke on the House floor to honor the individuals in Elmore County, Alabama, who this past Saturday experienced devastating loss when a tornado struck the City of Wetumpka.

On Monday, Representative Roby spent time on the ground with those impacted by the storm and had the opportunity to see firsthand the damage to churches, the police station, businesses, and dozens of homes. During her speech, Representative Roby paid tribute to the local officials and first responders who are working tirelessly to rebuild Wetumpka and offered the support of her office during this time of recovery.

“I appreciate the tireless work of the local leaders and first responders who immediately jumped to action to begin putting the pieces back together for the people who have lost so much,” said Representative Roby.

“Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to speak directly to the people impacted by this weekend’s tornado: My office stands ready to assist in whatever ways we are able. My staff and I work for you, and we want to be a resource for you during this challenging time… In the meantime, my family and I will continue to pray for all those impacted by this devastating event.”

The full text of Representative Roby’s remarks as prepared is below:

Thank you, Madam Speaker. I rise today to honor the hardworking men and women I represent in Elmore County, Alabama, who this past Saturday experienced devastating loss as a tornado ripped through the City of Wetumpka.

By the grace of God, no lives were lost and only minor injuries have been reported at this point. Still, the damage is severe, and the road to recovery is long.

Madam Speaker, on Monday, I spent time on the ground with those impacted, and I had the opportunity to see firsthand the damage to several churches, the police station, dozens of homes, and businesses. I appreciate the tireless work of the local leaders and first responders who immediately jumped to action to begin putting the pieces back together for the people who have lost so much.

During this challenging time, it has been so encouraging to see the community come together and begin the rebuilding process united like a family.

Merely hours after the devastating storm, the Elmore County Emergency Management Agency heard from nearly 1,000 individuals who signed up to volunteer their time and resources to the clean-up efforts.

Madam Speaker, I would like to take this opportunity to speak directly to the people impacted by this weekend’s tornado: My office stands ready to assist in whatever ways we are able. My staff and I work for you, and we want to be a resource for you during this challenging time.

The rebuilding process won’t be easy, but if we all work together and help each other out whenever possible, we will get through this together.

In the meantime, my family and I will continue to pray for all those impacted by this devastating event. Thank you, Madam Speaker. I yield back.

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