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May 01, 2011

Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell inspired by victims’ spirit

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Representatives Spencer Bachus and Terri Sewell say they were both awestruck by the amount of damage from the storms while being impressed with the strength of Alabamians dealing with the tremendous storm damage.

In an interview on Good Day Alabama on Friday morning, Bachus and Sewell both sang the praises of Alabama storm victims.

"It's pretty overwhelming," said Bachus about the damage. "I'm impressed with the resilience of the people. There's people who have lost homes who are just happy to be alive."

Sewell echoed similar thoughts.

"Many parts of the state have experienced back to back storms in the last 2 weeks. The cumulative damage has put a strain on state and local resources," said Sewell. "The resilience of communities will see us through this."

The representatives say the biggest issue at this time is focusing on lives and housing. They remind victims that you have to register to get FEMA assistance.

"The challenge is to rebuild communities.  The assistance from the President's declaration is what is going to help," said Sewell. "They (victims) are going without jobs and homes. The biggest kind of assistance is housing assistance."

Spencer Bachus noted that President Obama's visit to the damage site is important.

"It is the President saying this is important," said Bachus. "It's saying the Federal government will be there."

Rep. Bachus also took time to discuss the heroic actions of local authorities.

"Local Police Departments, Fire Departments, Red Cross Workers and churches are really helping," said Bachus. "Trying to dig down and find people is overwhelming when you're on the ground. It's depressing except for the spirit of the people."

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