People struggle to put lives back together following tornado outbreak

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

23 dead, hundreds injured, and now 21 counties eligible for federal aid.

More than a week after the historic tornado outbreak, people are still trying to put their lives back together.

Officials say hundreds of people are homeless in Magoffin County alone.

Crews are demolishing what little is left of tornado ravaged businesses. The Mi-dee Mart is a pile of rubble.

Tornado survivors are picking up the pieces.

“I'm still in shock. It's broken my heart,” Jaynee May said.

Now they are looking towards the future, rebuilding homes, businesses, and lives.

“Literally when they come into us, we've had people breakdown and start crying, and we cry and try to get our composure and go again,” Larry Bennett said.

County leaders say there is millions of dollars of damage to 300 homes, 80 businesses. Volunteers are looking at long-term needs.

These community members say they can provide the needs with the help of eastern Kentucky neighbors and donations.

“We will fight back and come back stronger,” May said.

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