Lt. Gov. Abramson visits areas damaged in storms

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson was in the Hager Hill community of Johnson County Wednesday to survey the damage from Friday's storms. He said the devastation is unlike anything he has ever seen or expected to see in eastern Kentucky.

"We're here where the two young men lost their lives, and so the tragedy touches everybody's heart," said Lt. Gov. Abramson.

Those two young men were 20-year-old Greg Perry and 16-year-old Sean Shepherd. Both were killed in Friday's storms that ripped through Hager Hill. As Lieutenant Governor Abramson walked across the rubble that used to be Perry's house, he could not believe his eyes.

"I've seen wind storms, and ice storms, and major fires, and snow storms, but I've never seen anything like this destruction," said Lt. Gov. Abramson.

State Senators from the area joined the lieutenant governor to see what was left of their communities.

"Being born and raised in eastern Kentucky, most of us have always felt that we're somewhat immune from tornadoes, and this has been an eye opener for all of us," said State Senator Ray Jones.

The officials all say that they feel for the people in these communities and are working together to give them some relief.

"Everything that can be done at the state level will be done for the folks in these counties," said Lt. Gov. Abramson

"It's going to make us rethink some of our emergency management plans because we're equipped to handle floods and other types of natural disasters, but we've never been faced with a massive series of tornadoes like this," said Sen. Jones.

Lt. Gov. Abramson says he is proud of how eastern Kentuckians have come together after this tragedy, and he will do everything he can to help these communities bounce back.

Lt. Gov. Abramson says FEMA officials are still surveying the areas to see what needs to be done.

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