Congressman Mike Rogers made the following remarks on the first anniversary of the deadly tornadoes that struck across Alabama on April 27, 2011, killing over 250 Alabamians.
"So many families were devastated by these storms. Hundreds of lives were lost. People lost their homes and businesses. Entire communities were simply destroyed, all during a horrible show of nature's wrath a year ago today.
"But as during any adversity that has faced our citizens, so many Alabamians stood up to help their brothers and sisters in need. Communities came together to help people recover. The outpouring of support to help people get back on their feet is a testament to our great state and the character of those we call our neighbors.
"As buildings are rebuilt and recovery continues, we will not forget the tragedy that stuck our state last April. There is still work that needs to be done and challenges too many people still face. I hope everyone will keep the victims of those storms and their families in our prayers, and remember the kindness and generosity of all those who gave after the storms to help their fellow citizens in their time of need," Rogers said.