[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366764473&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4029576&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366764473 type=script]CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) — As the first bricks hit the ground in Cordova on Tuesday afternoon, the city breathed a collective sigh of relief.
“We’ve been waiting long enough,” Benny Jones said.
The Cope family was among the crowd of people who gathered downtown to watch the demolition begin on Tuesday.
“It’s kind of sad in a way, but we know this is a new beginning of life for the town,” Cordova resident Taleta Cope said. “It’s been a long time coming.”
Cope was able to take a final picture of what used to be the Tallulah Hotel during the block party the city held downtown over the weekend.
Ashley Jones says that she is looking forward to not having to drive around the fenced off area of the city anymore.
“I think it’ll ease the anxiety and make it a lot better,” Jones said.
Stephanie Gay and her dog China used to take daily walks through the town.
“We can go back to normal,” Gay said. “I’m just excited. We can have an actual town again, because after the tornado we lost everything. I’m just excited.”
Now, she and the rest of Cordova can soon get back to taking walks through the town, continuing to recover and returning to a sense of normalcy.
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