National League of Cities Statement on Deadly Tornadoes Affecting Central and Southern U.S.

Washington, D.C. - After last night's deadly tornadoes that affected residents across the central and southern U.S., National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., issued the following statement:

"Our hearts go out to the communities affected by the string of tornadoes that tore through the country last night, leaving thousands without shelter or power. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims who perished during the storms and to those who must now rebuild their lives following the tornadoes' devastation.

"We thank the first responders and emergency personnel for their tireless efforts to assist with the recovery efforts. While the road to recovery may be long, our thoughts and prayers are with the local leaders and residents in the affected cities and towns as they work to repair and rebuild their communities."

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.