Morgan Co. one month later

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

One month later, many parts of Morgan County and the City of West Liberty were devastated by a EF-3 tornado.

The strong winds leveled many homes and businesses, and it will likely take years to rebuild.

All over West Liberty, contractors are replacing roofs, fixing shattered windows and cleaning up debris.

"We've came a long way from what it looks like then and now. It's a big difference," said West Liberty resident John Nickell.

"They've cleaned up most of the boards and roofings, and it looks a hundred percent better than it did a few weeks ago," said contractor Garland Perry.

The damage an EF-3 tornado created in less than one minute will take years to rebuild.

"I think we are way ahead of where I thought we would be at this point. We are two to three years of being back to what I would think is normal," said Morgan County Judge Executive Tim Conley.

He says over the next month, the goal is to get all of the debris cleaned up.

"I see a bright future, and I know some days people look at this and say 'We lost this, we lost this.' We can build a brighter future if every one continues to do what they are doing," said Conley.

Many people have already replaced their homes and reopened their businesses, but there is still more work to be done.

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