Hackleburg: A city united three years after the storm

HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WIAT) — Three years seems like such a long time, but three years ago the city of Hackleburg received the scare of anyone’s life when an EF-5 tornado ripped through the small town.

Its effects can still be felt.

“Our staff has been operating at the bare minimum budget, facilities,” said Hackleburg Police Chief Kenny Hallmark.

The Hackleburg Police Department is still out of a home.

“This is our police department right now, and it’s not an adequate building,” Hallmark said, “but it’s the best that we can do right now. As much as we’re giving back to the town, you should give back as much also.”

A tornado like the one that hit the city on April 27, 2011 can really hurt a community. However, it can also unite it.

The city’s lone traffic light hangs over the tornado’s path. On Friday, it is a blinking Northern Star for a city of just over 1,500 people with the heart of a nation.

Copyright 2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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