Tornado creates worries in bankrupt Ala. county

January 24, 2012 - 5:45 PM
APTOPIX Alabama Severe Weather

Tornado damage from early morning storms is seen, Mon., Jan. 23, 2012 in Center Point, Ala. Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he will tour two of the state's storm-damaged areas on Tuesday. Bentley says Monday's storms proved that community safe rooms work. A tree top hit a steel shelter holding more than 50 people next door to the Maplesville fire department, and no one was injured. (AP Photo/The Birmingham News, Bernard Troncale) MAGS OUT; NO SALES

CENTER POINT, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has toured areas devastated by tornadoes, including a county that declared bankruptcy last year.

Residents in Jefferson County, which filed the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history in November, are wondering how the county will rebuild a school damaged by the storms and pay for other services.

The governor says the state will do everything it can to help Jefferson County, but he wasn't specific about what relief may be coming. Emergency management officials say the answer may be a combination of federal and state dollars.

At least two tornadoes hit the state early Monday. Two people were killed and more than 100 were injured. Some 200 homes were destroyed.