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Moment of Silence Requested for Tornado Victims One Year Later

Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the line of tornadoes that devastated parts of Kentucky, including Piner in southern Kenton County and most notably, West Liberty in Morgan County. A moment of silence is requested Saturday evening in memory of the victims. From the Office of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear:

“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.

SEE ALSO: West Liberty on Path of Recovery

SEE ALSO: Morgan Co. Official Talks About Surviving Tornado

Photo: Aerial view of damage in Piner on March 2, 2012 via State Sen. Damon Thayer's Twitter page