Birmingham Mayor William Bell Tours Tornado-Devastated Pratt City

By on Apr 29, 2011 in Natural Disasters, United States, World Comments
Birmingham Mayor William Bell
Mayor William Bell (with cap)
Image Credit: The Birmingham News/Tamika Moore

Birmingham Mayor William Bell was reported to have toured the Pratt City / Smithfield area of Birmingham, the area hardest hit by a tornado on Wednesday.

Mayor Bell was accompanied by Council President Roderick Royal and other city officials on Thursday afternoon to tour the wreckage brought by the tornado and urged people to help the displaced and donate supplies.

Bell asked people wishing to donate to go to Boutwell Auditorium. Volunteers and workers were said to be present at Boutwell to take donations. It is also a shelter for the displaced.

Bell said they are in touch with the White House. He said he is aware of President Barack Obama‘s plan to visit the city on Friday.

“We’ve been in touch with the White House, and we’ll make preparations to receive him on tomorrow,” Bell was quoted saying.

Meanwhile, Council President Royal urged groups to volunteer. He is also asking individuals to donate goods including diapers, bottled water,feminine products, prepackaged crackers, chips and snacks.

“This is probably the most devastating I’ve ever seen,” Royal was quoted saying, whose district includes the area. “I was in the military and I’ve seen war. The fact is, Mother Nature is a formidable force, and the residents here are obviously still kind of dazed wondering around.”

“It’s a human tragedy with a lot of needs to be met, and hopefully we can meet those needs,” Royal said.

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