Tornado victims look toward future

Last Friday, the people of Magoffin County took shelter under the ferocity of an EF-3 tornado. Now, one week later, they say they're still living in chaos, but little-by-little, they hope to return to a normal life.

"My son was in his hallway when it hit. My daughter over here was in her hallway when it it. My son here was in his hallway when it hit, and we was in our bathroom," says James Puckett.

Puckett's entire family was uprooted along with the trees surrounding their homes here on Sugar Camp Road. Their homes are all destroyed or heavily damaged, but as volunteers from as far away as Michigan came here to help rebuild, Puckett says he sees a promising future.

"When it first happened, we had no hope. But when I began to see them come in, hope began to build up and that's what we are...we're building hope," he says.

"With God's help, we'll be back to normal and we're looking for that six months down the road," says Captain Carter Conley of the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

Conley's been working seemingly endless days since the tornado hit. He says he also saw hope amid the destruction when an 11-year-old girl brought in donations she'd walked door-to-door on her own to collect.

"To see an 11-year-old take that on her hands gives me a hope for the future that our children are being brought up right," he says.

As Magoffin County moves forward from the disaster, James Puckett says he has no choice but to move with it.

"Life goes on and that's what we've got to do. Keep going on as life goes on," says Puckett.

Puckett says he plans to rebuild in the same spot.


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