Disaster Benchmarks— Lubes and Donuts

Express Oil Change in Tuscaloosa after the tornado

Two businesses destroyed by April 2011 tornadoes in Tuscaloosa have reopened side-by-side, and authorities said there’s additional money to help victims who are still in need.

It took 16 months for Express Oil Change owner John Carney to rebuild, but he’s back in business as of late summer on the site where he’s had a shop for 25 years.

Next door, the “hot now” light came on for the first time in more than a year at Krispy Kreme, and folks lined up around the block waiting for their melt-in-your-mouth confection, the Tuscaloosa News reported. The new Krispy Kreme has upgrades from its predecessor, including digital menus and wi-fi.

Meanwhile, the paper reported that homeowners might qualify for up to $25, 000, if they haven’t received other help so far. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is doling out the funds to help tornado victims across the state’s northern tier repair or rebuild.

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By Nedra Bloom

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