Thankful Thursday: Tornado Clean-Up


I am thankful Walt Maddox is the mayor of Tuscaloosa. Mayor Maddox has repeatedly proven his ability to lead with integrity and professionalism. Perhaps the most important characteristic that makes Maddox a great leader for Tuscaloosa during this time is his sincere affection for our city and her people. Being our mayor isn’t just a stepping stone on his path for higher political office.

I am thankful that he opened the doors wide for all concerned citizens to take part in planning the rebuilding of Tuscaloosa. Some drawings and plans were revealed this week. Though it’s 15 to 20 years down the road, I think the new Tuscaloosa is going to be beautiful.

Three months have passed, and the clean-up crews have worked non-stop. On one side of McFarland Blvd, there is an open field where homes and tall centuries-old oaks once stood.


Other areas look as if the tornado hit yesterday.

And across the street:

I’m sorry the pictures aren’t great. With one hand on the wheel and one hand holding my camera toward the window, I wasn’t looking through the viewfinder while I snapped pictures.

While there is still a lot of work to do, I am very thankful to see progress.

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3 thoughts on “Thankful Thursday: Tornado Clean-Up

  1. I came over from the Southern Writers: Suite T blog. I agree with you about shameless self-promotion. It’s sooooooo difficult for us introverts!

    Your pictures show the devastation so you’ve done a good job. Praying for Tuscaloosa.

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  2. These pictures break my heart, Leslie. 😦 There are still lots of sites like that around my neck of the woods in Harvest too. I’ve definitely seen progress (lots!) but still so far to go.

    I posted this message below on my blog in response to your comment there, but in case you don’t see it there…

    Bummer! I would love to have met you in person in Atlanta! After the fact I saw a BookSneeze tweet come through for people to meet up but I was already back home by then. 🙂 Next time I’ll try to be proactive about it. We’ll have to catch each other somewhere else. Who knows?

    I loved the hotel. You? Except for the heights. And that it was a little too far to walk to Philips Arena (that was my original plan until I got there). Ha. I’ll look forward to reading your post about it.

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