Jun. 2nd, 2011

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I went to Tuscaloosa last Sunday for the first time since the tornados to view the devastation and visit my Aunt Brenda with Mom and Dad.  I'd seen pictures, but there's nothing quite like seeing for yourself.  Tragically, the tornados hit mainly the poorest parts of town, though some of downtown and near the campus was hit as well.  The University of Alabama and the hospital escaped unscathed, I'm glad to say, as did my aunt's neighborhood.  But Alberta City, where the Mexicans and other generally poor people live?  It looks like cluster bombs went off.  I can only compare it with pictures I've seen of destruction in Afghanistan.  I had no idea the area affected was so large.  

Brenda and her husband, Jimmy, drove me and Mom around in their SUV.  One of the first buildings we passed going in was used for a temporary morgue, though the bodies have since been moved.  By now, some of the trees and destroyed cars had been removed, but by no means all.  Jimmy went out to this area with his chainsaw shortly after the tornado, along with a lot of others, to help clear the roads.  They're passable now, and I'm told that the scene looked much worse when fallen trees were everywhere. 
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