Mayor Jack Scott recently sent a letter to Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon stating that the city was in “desperate need” of vehicles after being hit by two tornadoes on April 27.
“Police vehicles are needed for patrol and to assist in the security of our city. We need trucks to assist in street cleanup and debris removal,” Scott wrote.
Jim Herndon, a Gulf Coast resident who is working in Cordova as part of the disaster recovery effort, also brought the issue to the Orange Beach City Council’s attention.
The Council agreed to donate the surplus vehicles to Cordova during its regular meeting Tuesday night.
The convoy was on its way north by 5 a.m. Thursday and arrived in Cordova around noon.
Cordova Police Chief Kenneth Bobo called the donation a “blessing.”
He said the vehicles would be shared by the police department and fire department, adding that he and Fire Chief Dean Harbison have worked together well since the storm.
“We’re not going to be stingy. We want both departments to get some good out of these vehicles,” Bobo said.
Both departments lost their office space and their mobile command centers in the tornadoes. Many of the firetrucks and police cars in the city’s fleet received damage as well.
Bobo said some of the extra law enforcement that have been in the city since the storms have been riding four-wheelers because he didn’t have enough police cars to go around.
“This will get us back up to full service,” Bobo said.