West Liberty on the path of recovery one year after tornado

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Saturday marks one year since a deadly tornado outbreak ripped through Kentucky. One of the hardest hit areas has come a long way since March 2, 2012. Morgan County lost 74 commercial properties, 19 government buildings and nearly 300 homes. Hundreds more had major damage. Cody Prater had just left his bank before it was destroyed.

"The last thing I got was from one of my tellers and they said that the town was gone," says Prater.

Today, the town is bouncing back despite taking a $250 million hit. For the last year, Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley has worked on tornado recovery. He says it has been a tough process.

"It takes time and to be patient," Conley says.

In town you can see the scars, but drive ten minutes out of town and you can really see the furious path of an EF-3 tornado.

"When you get into Woodsbend, you'll notice how open it is and it picked up more strength," says Conley.

Six lives were lost in Morgan County. Conley says those people will never be forgotten, but moving forward is part of the healing process.

"Mostly for the past year, we've pretty much done everything on a normal basis," says Conley. "We had our Sorghum Festival and we had our Bluegrass Festival.

West Liberty may never be the same again, but to some, it's headed for a bigger and better version of post-tornado damage.