Nearly a year after a tornado ravaged an eastern Kentucky community, the state today unveiled an economic aid package. The Morgan County community of West Liberty will receive an additional 30-million dollars in private, state and federal aid. West Liberty Chamber of Commerce Director Hank Allen says it’s hard to exaggerate the announcement’s significance. “But, I think it is safe to say that for a community our size and the tragedy that was here on March the second, you know it’s a monumental day for us,” said Allen.
The money will rebuild county offices, an old courthouse and judicial center, and create and new community center and parking garage. Allen says West Liberty’s will remains strong, but full recovery remains distant.
“There’s been a few businesses that have returned. There’s been many homes that have already been rebuilt. But we’re still in the early stages of reconstruction,” added Allen.
During a ceremony today, Kentucky’s Governor said West Liberty can expect additional assistance. Steve Beshear added the community’s recovery, so far, is a testament to its resilience.