911 calls from the night of the tornado

By: Brittany Pelletz Email
By: Brittany Pelletz Email

911 calls poured into the Laurel County dispatch center on Friday, March 2nd after the tornado ripped through East Bernstadt.

A caller on Bentley Road tells the dispatcher," I need an ambulance out here. A tornado touched down at my house."

Witnessing the aftermath outside of their homes sent many residents into a panic.

A resident on Bentley road says, "My neighbor, her arm is broken and she has scratches. The tornado touched down. The thing demolished two trailers." The dispatcher says, "Okay, I've got them on the way."

With power and phone lines down, many people couldn't even call for help. Calls that did get through, expressed fear and frustration.

This caller on Watkins Road explains, ""Yes, I live out in East Bernstadt. The tornado hit out here and we can hear our next door neighbor yelling for help and we can't get to him."

Another caller on Arthur Ridge Road describes feeling helpless not being able to help her neighbor, "There is a woman trapped in a car out here. She says she is hurt. They can't get to her because the power lines are on the car."

The caller is advised by the dispatcher to stay away from the power lines.

Many residents that were forced to call 911 were left waiting for help and hoping that their families and friends survived the storm.

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