— BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A crisis counseling service launched to help Alabama residents cope with the deadly 2011 tornado outbreak is set to close by the end of the month.
The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/MsU38s ) that the June 25 closure is not a surprise since Project Rebound only had federal funding through this month.
But program director Lisa Turley says it also attests to the resiliency of the citizens of Alabama. She says officials had expected to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for funds to extend the service another three to six months.
The April 27, 2011 storms killed at least 248 people and wrecked more than 23,000 homes. Turley says ongoing frustration and anxiety are likely. But she says the number of people who required more intense help has been pretty small.