Lt. Governor Surveys Storm Damage

Lt. Governor Kay Ivey visited Etowah County this afternoon to survey the storm damage in the Smith Institute Community. The Lt. Governor came on behalf of Governor Robert Bentley whose plane was grounded this afternoon due to weather concerns. Ivey spent the afternoon visiting with storm survivors in the FEMA aid center that is set up at Bethlehem Baptist Church. She also toured the storm ravaged community and stopped to visit with a few affected families. The Lt. Governor says that seeing communities come together in the face of such adversity makes her proud to be from Alabama. The Feemster family is one of the families that Ivey spoke with today and heard an amazing story of how they survived despite their home being completely destroyed – and not just destroyed - completely lifted from its foundation, spun around 180 degrees and moved more than 200 feet from its original location. Now that the federal disaster declaration has been approved, FEMA is on site in the community. Assistance is also available online at or by calling 800-621-3362. You can also apply via your mobile device at


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