One year anniversary of Magoffin County tornado

By Angela Sparkman | 

SALYERSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - It is still hard for many to believe the destruction they saw in Salyersville after a tornado destroyed part of that town. People there are also still re-building. People who live there say there is still a long road to recovery.

On the night of March 2nd, 2012, the tornado tore apart businesses, homes, schools, churches, and lives.

"Just a matter of minutes, everything was torn to bits," said Rich Vickers.

One year later, some places look the exact same as the night of the destruction, other places are now fields instead of homes, some places look brand new, while other places are still rebuilding.

"It's been a hard year, but people are coming back. It just takes time," said Sheriff Carson Montgomery.

Sheriff Carson Montgomery is just one person who lost a business. Construction is still going on at the site, but he plans to re-open soon.

The tornado wiped out St. Luke Catholic Church.

"I went to the steps where the church had been and I knelt down, and I cried and cried and prayed and prayed," said Father Bob Damron.

One year later, their prayers are answered. The church is breaking ground on a new building this weekend.

"God heals that pain, that sorrow, and God is even present even in that tragedy," said Father Damron.

Dollie Mae Green just recently moved into a new home. The tornado destroyed her home of more than 50 years while she was at the funeral home.

"What I thought, was my children are all well, and my friends, and it took the worry off the house, thinking about that," said Green.

However, she says her life in her new home will never be the same.

"I'm thankful, but it's kind of like a substitute, but it's not, I'm not adjusted to it yet," said Green.

People here say the tornado tore apart their homes and businesses, but not their spirit.

"Seems like people have come together, bonded, and made it a bit stronger to tell the truth," said Vickers.

They say they will work continue to work together until Magoffin County is re-built.

Officials say there is no timeline to finish rebuilding, but those who still have work to do hope to be open this time next year.

Despite all the destruction in Magoffin County, no one died in the tornado there.

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