Salyersville still recovering one month after tornadoes

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

"Amazed and devastated" was the only thing Salyersville Mayor James "Pete" Shepherd could say when describing how he felt after the tornadoes.

People in Salyersville say one month later they are still surprised that their town was hit so hard by the storms.

"If you'd have told me four weeks ago the city of Salyersville and the county would look like it does right now, I'd have said you was crazy," said Mayor Shepherd.

But they have been busy in the past month trying to pick up the pieces and start rebuilding.

"We've just been going, cleaning from one end of the town to the other," said Christ in Action volunteer Bethany Nissley.

Volunteers from several other states have joined those who live in Salyersville as they try to see past the rubble that still litters the parkway.

"We came down here right after the tornadoes just to see what we could do to help, and there's a lot that needs help in Salyersville and in Magoffin County," said Nissley.

"You can never be prepared for what happened, but now that it's happened you know everybody just, it is great," said Mayor Shepherd.

He also said as tragic as the tornado damage was, he is proud of how the community has pulled together, and he only sees bigger and better things in the future for Salyersville.

"A tornado's a bad thing, but it looks like we're going to come back better, you know, cleaner. We've cleaned up a lot of areas that we probably never would have cleaned up and i'm just looking forward. I'm excited," said Mayor Shepherd.

Officials have created a long term recovery committee and plan to work hard to bring Salyersville back to life.

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