Ala. Rep. apologizes for Auburn tweet

Rep. Ed Henry's tweet about storm damage in Auburn.
Rep. Ed Henry's tweet about storm damage in Auburn.
Storm damage in Auburn (Source: WTVM)
Storm damage in Auburn (Source: WTVM)

Alabama District 9 Representative Ed Henry is apologizing to his followers after he tweeted a joke about smelling gas after storm damage in Auburn.

The Alabama Natural Gas Company tweeted that anyone smelling gas in the Auburn area after storms moved through the area should call it in. Henry re-tweeted their message with his own addition.

"LOL this is too funny," he said in his tweet.

Followers immediately replied to Henry's message outraged at his insensitivity.

Denice Powers from Decatur said her son lost two friends in the April tornadoes. She called the tweet "bizarre," considering the recent tornadoes Alabama has faced.

"You should know what's going on here. You should really know. A lot of people lost homes and businesses," Powers said.

Henry later deleted his tweet and apologized, saying he didn't know there was a tornado in Auburn at the time. WAFF 48 called Henry's office for answers. He issued the following statement:

"I was unaware of the severity of the situation in Auburn when I posted the Twitter comment and apologize to all who were affected by the storms. Had I known that dangerous storms caused widespread damage, I certainly would not have made a joke based upon the Auburn/Alabama rivalry. I will chalk this up as a hard lesson learned and send my thoughts to those in Auburn who suffered damage," Henry said.

Rep. Henry, who represents Cullman and Morgan counties, said he was in Atlanta for the past two days to work on education policy.

Somerville resident John Blaisdell said Henry's tweet should not be taken too seriously. Blaisdell lost his home to the tornadoes when he lived in Harvest.

"It probably wasn't the best time to put that out but in light of what happened back in April I think it was pretty traumatic for a lot of people. But everybody pulled together and even the days after the tornado people had a sense of humor and you got to keep it," Blaisdell said.

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