Hard hit West Liberty reacts to damage

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Downtown West Liberty was hit hard Friday night by a EF 3 tornado.

The city was on lock down all day Saturday so emergency responders could carry out search and rescue looking for any people who might be trapped.

Four deaths have been confirmed, but the number of injured and missing are not known.

Emergency crews spent Saturday checking and double checking houses making sure everyone was out.

Roofs were torn off of buildings, cars were turned over, and trees were uprooted.

West Liberty has been reduced to a pile of rubble.

Those who did make it back into the city are speechless.

"A lot of loss to grieve. The community will have to take time to grieve these losses and have strength to build back," said survivor Sarah Fannin.

Dale Oakley watched the tornado form from Advanced Auto Parts where he works, but the damage there is much less than just a few hundred yards up the road.

"It's bad. There is not one place in town that is not touched. Downtown is just gone," said Oakley.

But citizens, the mayor and judge executive all said that West Liberty and Morgan County will recover, but it will take some time.

Officials hope to let those with homes and businesses in the affected area back in the locked down zone to assess the damage sometime soon.

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