After the Storm: Hackleburg reaches rebuilding milestones

HACKLEBURG, Ala. (WIAT) — The tornadoes of April 27, 2011 was one of the worst storm outbreaks to ever hit the state of Alabama.

The town of Hackleburg took a direct hit. Four years later, there’s still much work to be done. After nearly being wiped off the map, this season brings new signs of life.

“It was so exciting because I was the first one to get going,  and I was by myself right here in this little spot, and then suddenly the town hall and new police station’s popped up, the new grocery store, the day car across the street. So we’re excited, we feel like life is coming back to town,” said Judy Wolfe, a local business owner.

New restaurants, businesses and a new high school are a welcome sight in town. But it doesn’t take away from the memories of those who lost their lives four years ago.

“The only thing we can’t replace is the 18 lives that we lost, all the loved ones and that’s the bad part of it. Other than that, our town’s going to be better,” said Mayor Waymon Cochran.

Four years later, these good people continue their mission of progress.

“We are tickled to death. We are so thankful, it’s hard to talk about it. We’ve been blessed, Cochran said”

It’s a new Hackleburg, and a new hope for the future.

“We’ve got a good little town, here in Hackleburg,” Cochran said.

Many of the city buildings that were destroyed that day are nearly completed. The police station, town hall, even the high school will all reopen this year.

Copyright 2015 WIAT 42 News

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