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Bentley: State will not reimburse cities for cost of towing

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The Governor spoke about the winter storm at a meeting of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama on Friday. Source: Judson Garner The Governor spoke about the winter storm at a meeting of the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama on Friday. Source: Judson Garner
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Governor Robert Bentley said Friday it is up to the local jurisdictions to cover the cost of car towing and damages from the winter storm. He said the state will not reimburse anyone.

The governor said although a state of emergency has been declared since Monday, Alabama will not receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"FEMA money only comes in when you reach a certain threshold. We have not reached that threshold," Bentley said.

Although the winter storm is over, the cold weather has slowed the recovery process. Cleanup efforts in many parts of the state are just now starting.

"We are still in a state of emergency until we demobilize all of our guardsman and demobilize all of our first responders," Bentley said at noon on Friday at a luncheon for the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama.

"We will actually debrief next week. There are always lessons. I think that is why we are able to respond the way we do is because we learn from each situation. This reminds me, I think, very much of the April 27 tornadoes in 2011. We didn't know where they were going to hit. We didn't know where this was going to hit," Bentley said.

The governor said there is no set time as to when the state will be fully recovered from the winter storm.

"Maybe the first of the week. We'll wait and see," he added.

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