Yet the process has been baffling not just for local residents but to the head of historic preservation for the state, Elizabeth Brown
"I think FEMA needs to give their people in the field more latitude," said Brown, preservation officer for the Alabama Historical Commission.
"It seems things have to keep going back up the chain."
said the demolition process seems to be taking longer than usual in Cordova, but government rules don't set out a strict timetable for such decisions since needs and damage can vary so greatly from one place to another.
No other Alabama city has had the same problem since the twisters, Brown
While it took about a year to approve the demolition of the high school in the northwest Alabama town of Phil Campbell because of historical considerations, Cordova is in a league of its own, she
"I can't blame them for being frustrated with FEMA