TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Two years after a tornado tore through Tuscaloosa and destroyed a large part of the city, a center set up to direct volunteers is set to close.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/11CuZVX) the center's closing is the latest milestone in the city's road to recovery after the April 27, 2011 tornado.
The Volunteer Reception Center was formed in the hours after the tornado to manage and direct the scores of volunteers who began arriving to help.
Now that the volunteer effort has slowed to a more easily managed level, officials say the center's last day of operation will be Friday.
The center has registered 41,504 volunteers from all 50 states as well as 18 countries, including Canada, Saudi Arabia and China.