Pratt City turns tragedy into triumph in remebrance of April 27th, 2011

PRATT CITY, Ala. (WIAT) — Pratt City remembered those who were lost and celebrated the progress from April 27th, 2011 on Saturday.

The day included an unveiling of the new fire station and senior living facility, both of which were destroyed by the tornado.

During his speech at the remembrance ceremony, Mayor William Bell shared his memories from the intersection of Hibernian Street and Dugan Avenue, a place he found himself once again Saturday.

“As I walked back to this intersection, a woman grabbed me by the hand,” Bell said. ” She said, ‘Mayor, let’s pray.’ And she prayed and prayed and prayed.”

After that prayer, Bell says everything for recovery started coming together. He saw Birmingham Fire and Police coming up Hibernian. He received a phone call from Governor Robert Bentley who offered up any help he could.

Three years later, Bell and many others prayed once again at the same intersection. This time, downed power lines and snapped trees were replaced with a brand new library and a sign that said “Site of Opportunity,” a small reminder that the work to rebuild Pratt City is far from done.

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