Birmingham--As the east coast dries out following Hurricane Irene, the storm is causing financial snags for Alabama. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will delay certain payments for existing disaster operations, such as rebuiling after April's tornados or the twister in Joplin, Missouri. Instead money will be directed to Hurricane Irene response. Alabama Emergency Management Director Art Faulkner says this restriction does not affect individual payments or debris clean up. It will affect longer term projects.
~ Andrew Yeager, August 29, 2011.