PRATT CITY, Ala. (WIAT) – On April 27th, 2011, 250 people died when dozens of tornadoes swept through the state of Alabama. Birmingham’s Pratt City community suffered severe damage in the storm.
Now four years later, the community continues to rebuild. The landscape looks much different than it did on April 27th, 2011. The fire station and library have been built, and people said they need to move back.
On Monday, Mayor William Bell and Councilor Marcus Lundy broke ground on something that should help. Pratt City has revealed plans for a new walking and recreation trail, a mobile market, and a ground breaking for a new multifamily housing development with 86 units.
“We’re looking at anywhere from 60 to 80 new single family homes, all energy efficient and affordable,” said John Colon, Community Development Director.
The people behind the project said they’re confident the apartments will fill up fast.
When he talked about the massive EF 4 tornado that hit his hometown four years ago, instead of focusing on what was lost, he focuses on the good that came after.
“I just think sometimes it takes something like the storm to bring Pratt City back,” said Clarence Ford.
Pratt City is rebuilding, slowly, but surely.
Clarence Ford said all these projects are steps in the right direction, rebuilding Pratt City even better than before.
“The project here is really gonna boost Pratt City up and make it the Pratt City that we really want it to be, that it used to be,” Ford said.
The project should be completed in two years. Plans to break ground on the neighborhood with the single family homes will take place before that. The apartment, the homes and the mobile food bus are all funded by a combo of disaster recovery dollars and private funding.
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