FIVE YEARS LATER: FORMER MAYOR AL DUPONT BUILDS BACK

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Note: This story, and many others on the April 27, 2011, tornado, aired during WVUA 23’s 1 and a half hour special program “Faces of the Storm” on April 27, 2016. If you’d like to watch the whole series, click here.

One of Tuscaloosa’s longtime leaders was among those whose life was upended on April 27, 2011.

Former Tuscaloosa Mayor Al DuPont lost his home in the storm, and was one of the first private residents to rebuild after losing everything. Just 60 days after April 27, DuPont had a place to call home once more, and that, he said, influenced others to do the same.

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“A lot of people of influence said, as soon as you said you’re building back, I’m going to build back, too,” DuPont said.

The storm struck while he was in Louisiana visiting family, and he came home to the realization that he’d lost nearly everything. What he returned to, he said, was a scene of utter devastation.

“I got here the next day and it was just chaos,” he said. “Of course if I had been here, I’d sit here and say, ‘Oh, it won’t hit me. This will be all right.’ But of course it would have.”

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