Tornados then snow in Salyersville

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

With tornados Friday and then snow Monday, you would think the people of Salyersville would be discouraged.

In Magoffin County, people are working harder than ever to restore what was taken from them nearly 72 hours ago.

What is left is now covered by a sheet of wet snow only making the clean-up process in Salyersville more difficult.

"It's going to be awhile before we get everything back up and running," said Dennis Prater, district judge in Magoffin County.

It could take years for this town to look the way it once did before an EF-3 tornado hit taking businesses, stores, restaurants, and homes along with it.

"It just sounded like a monster, but you can't control the work of God. You just can't control that. It was coming at us," said Gaylean Back, manager of a convenience store on Highway 114.

For outsiders, signs are the only way to recognize what buildings stood where rubble now lies.

"We just gotta keep working. We just gotta keep just doing what we do and just do our best to help recover from this," said Seth Howard, Magoffin County sheriff deputy.

Restoring power while restoring life back into the community.

"We just have to become teammates. This is our town, even though this is our job, this is our town," said Back.

Where the traffic moving slower but work crews are moving faster.

Officials from across the state, like Lexington and even across the nation, like Georgia and Florida, are were there to help pick up what's left of Salyersville.

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