Congresswoman Martha Roby

Representing the 2nd District of Alabama

Roby's Statement on Tornado Damage, Recovery

April 28, 2011
Press Release
“The people of Alabama suffered a tragedy yesterday as a dangerous storm system swept across our state. We are only now, nearly a full day later, beginning to comprehend the extensive damage and destruction caused by the storm. Across the state, many people awoke this morning to the daunting task of repairing homes and rebuilding businesses. For many others, the tornadoes resulted in a total loss.  
“Although the Second Congressional District dodged the full force of the storm, Elmore county sustained significant damage and, tragically, the loss of at least five lives. Riley and I are deeply saddened by these deaths, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who lost loved ones.
“The recovery and rebuilding work has already begun. Governor Bentley and President Obama should be commended for immediately recognizing the severity of this storm and moving swiftly to make disaster declarations. Their quick actions allowed state and federal assets to mobilize immediately. While search and rescue efforts continue, response teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have begun to assess damage and prepare recovery centers to assist those affected by the storms. My staff and I stand ready to help any of our constituents who seek assistance from FEMA or other federal agencies. We welcome the opportunity to serve our constituents in this very difficult time.
“History shows that when tragedy and disaster strike Alabama, the people of our state come together. We assist our neighbors. We help our friends. And we rebuild our neighborhoods. This time will be no different. Already, we see the people of Eclectic and Santuck – just like the people of Tuscaloosa, Cullman, and Birmingham – lending a helping hand in a time of need. I am proud to represent people that care so deeply about their communities, and I will do all I can to make sure they have the resources they need in the weeks ahead.”