WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - In the eastern Kentucky town of West Liberty, a slow recovery is under way.
Tax preparer Betty Helton no longer meets customers on a park bench, and a popular burger and shake joint is again doing a brisk business. A bank has rebuilt, and demolished government offices just got millions in funding for reconstruction.
Sections of the town of 3,200, which is the county seat of Morgan County, were reduced to rubble by an EF-3 tornado packing winds up to 140 mph on March 2, 2012. It was part of an outbreak of twisters that hit several states.
Twenty-five people died in Kentucky as a result of the storms, including six in Morgan County, where the damage estimate is pegged at about $250 million by the local judge-executive.