5 Photographs on 5th Anniversary of April 27 | Tornado Survivors

Today is the 5th anniversary of the worst tornado outbreak in Alabama's history. I don't know the exact total of deaths or injuries because that isn't relevant for anyone who lived through that day. Here are 5 Photographs I took of survivors from April 27, 2011 tornado outbreak in Cordova, Alabama.

1. YVONNE

Yvonne - this picture says it all. Yvonne is sitting where The Rebel Queen used to be. She was a waitress there and her husband owned the business. On April 27, 2011 she sought quick shelter from tornado #2 (the worst one) inside the men's room - but had the wherewithal to remember here 12 pack of Coca-Cola! Nothing was left of the Rebel Queen except the men's room where she had been. When leaving she turned around to find a Jeep was on top of the men's room but was being held up by a bent pipe - the pipe Yvonne had been underneath. 

Yvonne - this picture says it all. Yvonne is sitting where The Rebel Queen used to be. She was a waitress there and her husband owned the business. On April 27, 2011 she sought quick shelter from tornado #2 (the worst one) inside the men's room - but had the wherewithal to remember here 12 pack of Coca-Cola! Nothing was left of the Rebel Queen except the men's room where she had been. When leaving she turned around to find a Jeep was on top of the men's room but was being held up by a bent pipe - the pipe Yvonne had been underneath. 

2. Cordova's Police Chief

From Yvonne about Chief Bobo "He has always seemed to be a real good man, he took a course on Grants and paid for it himself, to help the town get grant money for a youth center! And he got equipment donated, he is married and he is a great dad you see him spending time with his family. And he has cleaned up a lot of drug dealers in Cordova, he really cares about the people and community." 

From Yvonne about Chief Bobo "He has always seemed to be a real good man, he took a course on Grants and paid for it himself, to help the town get grant money for a youth center! And he got equipment donated, he is married and he is a great dad you see him spending time with his family. And he has cleaned up a lot of drug dealers in Cordova, he really cares about the people and community." 

3. WANDA

Wanda works for Walker Regional which is in Jasper but lives in Cordova. On April 27th she immediately went into triage for those injured. Baptist Health set up a mobile unit in the middle of town and paid for Wanda to work there for 2 weeks until the immediate crisis had passed.

Wanda works for Walker Regional which is in Jasper but lives in Cordova. On April 27th she immediately went into triage for those injured. Baptist Health set up a mobile unit in the middle of town and paid for Wanda to work there for 2 weeks until the immediate crisis had passed.

4. KEVIN

Kevin. Great guy. When I dropped off his portraits last night I talked to him for about 30 minutes about this and that and of course how difficult things have been for him since April 27th. What impressed me was how he refuses to give in but he still has needs and lots of work to do in order to get his family settled somewhere.

Kevin. Great guy. When I dropped off his portraits last night I talked to him for about 30 minutes about this and that and of course how difficult things have been for him since April 27th. What impressed me was how he refuses to give in but he still has needs and lots of work to do in order to get his family settled somewhere.

5. BRETT

Brett is standing under City Hall where him, his mom and another lady sought shelter. We had seen his YouTube video before we met him so I had to find him!

Brett is standing under City Hall where him, his mom and another lady sought shelter. We had seen his YouTube video before we met him so I had to find him!

Below are more photographs I took also at Cordova.