The Town Scryer is a mixed bag of humor, socio-political observations and ephemera from the perspective of a eclectic Pagan veteran of the counter-culture.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Against Stupidity, The Gods Facepalm

CORDOVA, Ala. (WIAT) - There appears to be no compromise between city leadership and storm survivors left homeless by last months tornadoes in Cordova.

As of right now, FEMA trailers are not being allowed into certain areas of the city and it's a major source of controversy between the community and the people elected to lead them.

The rules ban what's called "single wide" mobile homes, which in effect, keeps FEMA from moving temporary housing into parts of Cordova's city limits.

Mind you, the police themselves are currently set up in trailers, but the mayor refuses to allow residents, some of who are now living in tents, to access the mobile homes. He generously said he might, maybe one day, allow the FEMA trailers to be set up…on the outskirts of the city. He has said he doesn't want run-down mobile homes parked all over town years from now.
"I don't feel guilty," he said. "I can look anyone in the eye."
An EF-3 twister with winds of at least 140 mph slammed into the town around 5:30 a.m., knocking out power and damaging numerous buildings. An EF-4 with winds around 170 mph struck about 12 hours later, killing four people and cutting a path of destruction a half-mile wide through town.
Scores of homes, businesses and city buildings were destroyed or damaged by the time the winds died down. Nearly every red-brick storefront was whacked along Main Street, which is now deserted and blocked by a chain-link fence.
Be seeing you.

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