Cordova approved for millions in disaster recovery, police and fire left out

Melissa Crabtree/CBS42
Melissa Crabtree/CBS42

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1377040790&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4233931&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1377040790 type=script]CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) — Cordova Mayor Drew Gilbert says the city of Cordova just found out it is receiving $3.7 million from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for tornado recovery.

The original request was aggressive, asking for $9.2 million. Gilbert says he is pleased with the outcome and hopes to move forward as quickly as possible on rebuilding City Hall, realigning the town’s Main Street and building a library.

However, neither the police station nor the fire station were approved in the funding to get new facilities.

Gilbert says they may be able to use insurance money to help remodel the VFW building to help accommodate both fire and police.

ADECA is taking comments on the disaster action plan through Monday, Aug. 26. The final plan goes to HUD on the Aug. 30.

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