Cleanup from April storms continues in Bessemer

BESSEMER, Ala. (WIAT) — Twenty-five thousand cubic yards of debris, enough to fill 625 dump trucks, was still left in Bessemer after the April storms.

Nearly a hundred volunteers showed up over the weekend to cut and remove downed trees and other debris from peoples’ homes in Bessemer. Over the past month, volunteers have already moved nearly 80,000 cubic yards of debris. Volunteers, like Ron Turney of the Luther Ministries of Alabama, say this type of work is essential to get communities back on track after a storm.

“If you look at a lot of the folks that are sitting out here they don’t have insurance, or their insurance may be so expensive from a deductive perspective we may be able to help them do that.  Those who are uninsured or underinsured that’s what we do we help those people who have unmet needs.”

Organizers are also encouraging people in Bessemer to register with FEMA whether they have insurance or not to help the whole community recover and rebuild.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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