Alabama Town Says Red Tape Slows Tornado Cleanup

CORDOVA, Ala. (November 18, 2012)--Officials in the old Alabama mill town of Cordova say the money to demolish buildings damaged by tornadoes a year and a half ago remains mired in red tape.

Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert said the Federal Emergency Management Agency is constantly seeking explanations and documentation, and holding up the process.

The town's main street looks about the same as it did the deadly tornadoes ripped across the southeast in April 2011, with battered red bricks and broken glass littering the pavement.

FEMA officials say they're only doing their job in Cordova, documenting damaged buildings and covering all the details before providing money to tear them down.

The agency said there are historically significant structures that require careful consideration.

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