Communities in Indiana, Kentucky Commemorate Tornado Anniversary
Saturday marks one year from the day tornados raked across the Midwest and South, killing 40 across the country and nearly obliterating towns like Marysville and Henryville in Indiana and West Liberty, Kentucky.
Here's what I found when I arrived in Marysville right after the tornado:
In Henryville, it wasn't much better. Across the street from the partially-leveled school, a school bus sat inside where a restaurant used to be. Two days after the storm, people milled around organizing donated clothes and bottled water. Students wondered where they'd be going to school, and whether there would be a prom and graduation.
Here's an audio slideshow with some pictures and voices from the communities affected by the storm:
A year later, progress has been made but none of the towns are quite like they were before the storm.
The Associated Press reports that a lot of buildings have been rebuilt in West Liberty, but empty lots are common. An influx of nearly $30 million in federal, state and private money will go toward building a youth recreation center, a new cooperative extension office and a new parking garage, as well as renovating and restoring the county office building, community center and old county courthouse.
There's also been progress in Henryville. The Marathon gas station off I-65 was demolished in the tornado, but reopened recently. Students returned to their rebuilt school last August, and the town will hold a parade and ceremony there tomorrow to commemorate the storm's one-year anniversary.
In Kentucky, Governor Steve Beshear has called for a moment of silence, beginning at 6:00pm tomorrow--about the time some of the worst storms moved through the state.