Magoffin County still recovering from tornado

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

Magoffin County is just one area still recovering after the devastating March 2 storms.

It's been two months, but they remember it like it was yesterday.

"Coming out of West Liberty (my wife) said, 'I believe it's going to miss us,' and I said 'good.' She said, 'But the one from Campton is going to get us. It's coming right at us,'" recalled Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin.

And it did. The EF-3 tornado showed little mercy to the buildings once lining the parkway in Salyersville.
Buildings that had stood strong for years were ripped to shreds.

But it did not take long for people to start picking up the pieces.

"There's nothing better in the world than when you come to a problem just keep working on it until you get it solved," said Hardin.

Some buildings still sit broken and empty, others have been fixed and some torn down.

People in Salyersville say they hope to see businesses open back up because the longer they stay closed the more it hurts the city's economy.

"Hopefully they'll, somebody will be back. It's too valuable of a strip there, too much high traffic for that," said Superintendent Joe Hunley.

The superintendent also says the schools that took a hard hit will have to remain empty for a while longer.

"I guess we're a little impatient, but you know these things don't happen overnight," said Hunley.

And he says now that he has had time to sit back and look at what happened to their town, he has realized a few things.

"First one I've gone through. I don't want to see another one of these things. It makes you rethink things, to know how blessed you are," said Hunley.

And they hope to come back even stronger.


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