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Gov. Beshear Marks Anniversary of Deadly Tornadoes

Friday, 03 01, 2013

Kerri Richardson
Terry Sebastian
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Calls on Kentuckians to observe moment of silence Saturday evening

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Steve Beshear urged Kentuckians to take time on Saturday to reflect on the lives lost and devastation caused by tornadoes that ravaged many Kentucky communities a year ago.

“I will never forget seeing those shattered buildings, the decimated town squares, and the collapsed homes that showed the power of those terrible storms,” said Gov. Beshear. “The damages were so great that rebuilding and recovery seemed years away. It was a dark time. Yet I knew the resiliency and faith of Kentuckians, and because of their work ethic and determination, these communities are coming back.”

The March 2, 2012, tornadoes caused vast devastation in Kentucky, with the brunt of damage falling on communities such as West Liberty, Salyersville, East Bernstadt and Piner. Statewide, 25 people were killed, and more than 4,500 homes were affected; 671 of those were destroyed and 588 had major damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has provided $10.3 million in housing and other assistance to individuals.

Recently, Gov. Beshear joined U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers to award nearly $30 million in innovative funding to help Morgan County rebuild. The funds, supported by both public and private sectors, will support the reconstruction of five major building projects in Morgan County.

Gov. Beshear encouraged Kentuckians to observe a moment of silence on Saturday, March 2, beginning at 6 p.m., which was around the time that some of the worst storms moved through the state.

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