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Limestone Co. entering second night of curfew

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Cleanup in Limestone County is slowing down according to a disaster relief group. Cleanup in Limestone County is slowing down according to a disaster relief group.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

An alert to Limestone County residents: a dusk until dawn curfew remains in effect through the weekend in tornado damaged areas. Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely said he won't consider lifting the curfew until later.

Blakely said Thursday night his deputies didn't run into any problems enforcing the curfew, but he does want to clear up some confusion.

The curfew was put in place to stop resident from driving through the tornado damaged areas. He said tornado victims were still allowed to travel on secondary roads during the curfew, they just have to have a good reason why.

Sheriff Blakely said since the tornadoes hit on Monday night, the Sheriff's Department only responded to a couple calls for looting, and they haven't made any arrests. The Sheriff said he's going to re-evaluate things before he considers lifting the curfew.

"We want to be able to protect all of our citizens property," said Blakely. "A lot of people have had to relocate. They need to be able to go home to wherever they're staying to rest and know whatever they've got is going to be there the next day when they get there."

Cleanup in Limestone County is slowing down according to a disaster relief group. They said it's because the federal government has not declared Limestone County a federal disaster area.

Several tornado victims said they have grown frustrated because there's so much debris on the sides of the roads and nobody is coming to clean it up.

Leaders from keepvolunteering.org were in Coxey Friday. They said because the federal government had not made a federal disaster declaration, it is hindering their ability to do anything more than stack debris. They said they and other didn't have the resources to haul it out. Keep Volunteering's CEO said she knew that a disaster area looked like, and she said Limestone County, Coxey, and the Clements areas fit the criteria.

"We have to shift toward rebuild, and we can't shift toward rebuild until we get this stuff out of here," said Alice Brown of Keep Volunteering. "We can get it to the road all we want, but if we have to do that extra step of getting it out of here, that takes a lot of time and a whole lot of money.

A Limestone County Commissioner said they were doing everything they can to help convince Washington to make the areas a federal disaster area. That commissioner said he hopes the volunteers continue to show up while they work through the issue.

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