One year after tornado, Mayfield community slowly recovering

MAYFIELD, Ky.  (KBSI) – A year after an EF4 tornado ripped through Mayfield, Kentucky, the city is slowly rebuilding. 

As for when things will return to how they were, Mayor Kathy O’Nan took things a step further. 

“I don’t think that will, as far as what you see, I don’t think that will ever happen because we’re going to be better,” she said. “We’re going to be newer. We’re building a new backdrop for our community.” 

Through all the damage, all the struggles, things don’t seem normal, but O’Nan said one thing has remained constant.

“I think the normal part of us being who we are, this resilient, determined, amazing population, that’s here, we’re just having to do things differently,” she said.

Despite all that was lost, community member Lisa Beightol said those resilient people have retained some very important things. 

“Not saying I’m thankful for the tornado, but it really showed people that they were survivors,” she said. “They didn’t have to be victims, necessarily, even though they lost everything they had. They still had their spirit, their soul, and each other.” 

In the months and years ahead, Beightol said she will be there for anyone who calls upon her. 

“The future for me is making sure that anybody who needs any kind of comfort, I’m going to be there,” she said.

This community is Mayfield Strong, and as Beightol said: “I think we’re feeling that if we can make it through this, we can make it through just about anything.” 

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