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In the rubble, recovery and relief efforts begin

Three days after a tornado ripped through West Liberty people are starting to pick up the pieces. People all across West Liberty, Salyersville, and areas of Johnson County are left to sort through the rubble and hope to find something left.

A pressing concern yesterday was the threat of snow, which would severely hamper recovery efforts, and slow the process of cleaning up debris--plus many buildings are missing roofs or have holes, meaning anything that is inside could possibly be damaged.

Many people are still in shelters and authorities have not let people back in some areas. The Red Cross has set up shelters in Elliott County High School, Lawrence County High and the Morgan County Community Center.

Friends or family who have been unable to locate loved ones since Friday’s storms are encouraged to register the missing person’s information on the Kentucky Emergency Management website at or through the American Red Cross Safe and Well Program at

The recovery process has begun in earnest, and with the clearing weather and warming temperatures, we all hope things can progress more quickly.

Filed under: Magoffin Co. | Johnson Co. | Morgan Co. | Elliott Co. | Weather | You can help


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