What's next for East Bernstadt

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

'What's next?' is the question of the day where people are coping with what's left after Friday's EF-2 tornado struck severely damaging homes and lives.

Nearly 48 hours after a tornado destroyed many homes in East Bernstadt, people are cleaning up and trying to move on.

Almost 200 homes were damaged in East Bernstadt with 64 of those being destroyed in the outbreak of tornados.

"Even though we got a lot of damage, I consider myself really blessed," said Buck Allen, who survived the tornado.

Saturday was spent looking back at what literally tore their lives apart while Sunday people were looking forward.

"We'll just have to take it one day at a time. Clean up and do the best we can. Thank God it wasn't worse," said Allen.

For some left with nothing, what's next is a hard question to answer.

"I'm not sure what's next at this point. I'm still kind of in shock. And it's really just hard to believe that this happened, not only to me but to everybody around. My whole neighborhood is just wiped off the map," said Rita Fields, who lost her home in the tornado.

There are people offering hope. Something small but helpful when cleaning up in order to rebuild what they once had.

"It's probably going to take years to get this mess cleaned up. If gloves is all we can do, then at least we've done something," said Heather Reynolds, who is helping out.

Something right after something so wrong showed no mercy.

Officials say cleaning efforts will continue until the job is done hopefully enabling people to start over.

The American Red Cross has a shelter open with food and cots for all victims at the Laurel County Event Place located at 911 TLC Lane off East 4th Street in London, KY.

Laurel County emergency management officials are urging those affected by the tornado to use this shelter with the cold weather setting in.

Call (606) 864-5233 or (606) 682-4352 for more information. Transportation to the shelter is available.

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