The state of Alabama is receiving more than $49 million from the federal government for long-term recovery from the April 2011 tornadoes.
Governor Robert Bentley formally accepted the funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for $49,157,000 while in Cordova on Wednesday morning. The check presentation was held at Long Memorial United Methodist Church.
The HUD funding was announced in March and will go toward various communities impacted by the April 2011 tornado outbreak.
The governor's office says those communities will be "encouraged to apply for portions of that funding to help with housing, business and infrastructure needs that have not already been met through other assistance."
Cities across the state will have to apply to receive a portion of the $49 million, which will be spread out among several areas. Applications can begin to be submitted on Thursday.
The state has two years to spend the $49 million. Governor Bentley said he would like to see a lot of the money go toward recovery in rural parts of Alabama.
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