Morgan Co. gets $30 million to help recovery efforts

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Around $30 million in funding has been allocated to help West Liberty and Morgan County continue rebuilding from the March 2nd tornado.

The EF3 twister damaged most of the downtown area including much of the county's infrastructure.

This complex package aims to help not only rebuild but also add to the existing infrastructure.

"The thing that inspires us are these people. They are so courageous and persevere day and night through horrible conditions. You can't help but want to help," said Congressman Hal Rogers.

That help is coming in the form of around $30 million to help rebuild the infrastructure of the county.

It's a combination of federal, state, and local funding as well as help from the private sector.

The money will be used to restore the old Morgan County Courthouse, as well as finish building the new Morgan County Judicial Center that was damaged by the tornado while under construction.

The plans also include a new extension office and wellness center, something the county did not have before the tornado destroyed the town.

"All of these new projects in different parts of the community are going to be the cement that begins pulling everything back together," said Governor Steve Beshear.

Governor Beshear hopes this funding will build on the resiliency he says this town has already shown.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday to announce the projects that officials say will begin soon.

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