Senator Rand Paul visits tornado damage in Laurel County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) toured tornado damaged counties on Tuesday and visited with local officials to discuss clean-up.

His first visit was in East Bernstadt in Laurel County, then he went to Morgan County and Magoffin County.

Senator Rand Paul saw the destruction left behind from the March 2nd tornadoes.

It's pretty amazing how significant the storms were and how hard everyone is pulling together and trying to dig out," said Senator Paul.

He also heard stories of loss and survival from that night.

"I was amazed by the story Judge Westerfield (Laurel County) told me of getting an ambulance across a field when the roads were impassable by getting it across fields with a tractor," said Senator Paul.

Now one month later, most of the debris is removed from East Bernstadt, the first area Senator Paul saw on his tour. Three hundred homes were destroyed or damaged in Laurel County.

"It's people's lives who are devastated and who are having to live with family and friends and stuff, their lives are still disrupted but the clean-up has gone a long way and very rapidly here. I'm amazed," said Senator Paul.

Laurel County officials say clean-up is 95 percent finished and they are ready to move to rebuilding.

"We need to give thanks and gratitude to our citizens as in volunteers and local companies that donated equipment, manpower, just pulled together as a community," said David Westerfield, Laurel County Judge-Executive.

Senator Paul held a meeting with local officials in Laurel County to discuss the clean-up and rebuilding needs, and said he too, will do whatever he can to help the areas recover.

"I'm also amazed by the sense of community, the pulling together of folks," Senator Paul said.

Senator Paul praised the churches who prepared thousands of meals and other community members who helped with clean-up.

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 146013175 -
Gray Television, Inc.