- Associated Press - Sunday, November 18, 2018

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama county is still paying bills from a hail storm that caused extensive damage earlier this year.

Cullman County commissioners approved a nearly $1.8 million bid to replace the damaged heating and air-conditioning system at the county jail. They also approved a bid of more than $120,000 to replace the damaged roof at a court office building.

The Cullman Times reports that both bills are related to a hail storm that pounded the county in March. The onslaught was part of a weather system that spawned a tornado which caused extensive damage in Jacksonville.

The newspaper reports the county’s property insurance bill also increased about $70,000 to roughly $450,000 following the hail storm. The hike by Travelers Insurance represents an increase of about 15 percent over last year.

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