Dec. 10 marks 1 year since deadly tornadoes in Graves County, KY

(Source: Ohio Valley Aerial)
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(KBSI) – Saturday, Dec. 10, is the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest tornadoes in Kentucky’s history. It took the lives of 81 Kentuckians.

Western Kentucky has received more than $31.8 million in federal assistance. The federal government has also provided more than $59.8 million to support local businesses and more than $42 million in Western Kentucky SAFE Act funds. Private insurance groups have also paid nearly $500 million to those insured, according to the Office of Governor Andy Beshear.

The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund received more than 150,000 donations totaling more than $52.3 million. The money paid for each victim’s funeral. Then, funds were provided to insured and uninsured homeowners, renters and local farmers who were hurt by the destruction of the Mayfield Grain Co.

The fund also pledged $16 million to build 300 homes in the area. So far, 40 families have received keys to a new home built in cooperation with Homes and Hope, Habitat for Humanity and the Fuller Center on Housing.

Additional funding is providing assistance for unmet needs such as ongoing home repairs, appliance and vehicle repair and replacement in coordination with local long-term recovery groups.

“These tornadoes destroyed so much, but we have proven that while we may get knocked down, no natural disaster can break us,” said Gov. Beshear.

Tap here to read Gov. Beshear’s op-ed.

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