Senator McConnell Marks One Year Since Devastating Tornado Outbreak in Kentucky
‘Kentucky is approaching the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the Commonwealth’s history… The road to recovery remains long, but Kentuckians will stand shoulder-to-shoulder until the rebuilding is done. And I’ll keep standing right beside them.’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) delivered the following remarks today on the Senate floor regarding the one-year anniversary of the Kentucky tornadoes:
“Kentucky is approaching the one-year anniversary of one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in the Commonwealth’s history.
“One year since 80 lives were lost and a deep scar was cut through western Kentucky. We still remember the lost and pray for their loved ones.
“A few days after the storm, I visited some of the hardest-hit towns.
“I saw how the pictures of the damage in the newspaper and on TV didn’t even begin to capture the total devastation in places like Mayfield, Campbellsville, Bowling Green, and Dawson Springs.
“Homes ripped off their foundations. Trees scattered like twigs. Whole neighborhoods, gone in an instant.
“The pain is still fresh. But, as I’ve seen in multiple return visits, slowly but surely, Western Kentucky is coming back.
“This weekend, Kentuckians are carving out time to honor those whose lives were lost and continue helping those whose lives were disrupted.
“Dawson Springs just erected a beautiful, solemn memorial to the 19 residents that city lost. In Bowling Green, an organization is delivering handmade Christmas ornaments to storm victims. In Mayfield, even as members of the high school football team fought to rebuild their families’ lives off the field, the community cheered the team to an undefeated regular season.
“Even in tough times — especially in tough times — Kentuckians stick together.
“I’m thankful to all the volunteers and charities helping Western Kentucky remember this tragic anniversary. And for all the men and women who spent days and weeks working tirelessly to remove debris and rebuild.
“Things are looking hopeful in the region this Christmas season. Homes and businesses are coming back. Families will gather together again under one roof.
“The road to recovery remains long, but Kentuckians will stand shoulder-to-shoulder until the rebuilding is done. And I’ll keep standing right beside them.”
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