Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured hard-hit neighborhoods of Alabama and Mississippi on Sunday to offer condolences and pledge support for local residents and emergency workers.
She met briefly with two sisters whose home was destroyed by last week’s storms in Birmingham. Stephanie Anderson and Sheila Hurd were collecting clothes strewn across the street from the pile of debris that was their mother’s home.
Miss Anderson thanked Ms. Napolitano for coming to the area and told her that she appreciated the efforts of everyone who has responded, including the rescue workers who recovered her mother’s remains.
The sisters found their mom, 72-year-old Bessie Brewster, at the county morgue.
Miss Hurd says: “I don’t know how, who made what happen, but we found her.”
After touring the ruins, Ms. Napolitano told reporters: “I don’t think words can fairly express the level of devastation. I’m not articulate enough.”