Wet weather complicates tornado cleanup, recovery efforts in Mayfield


MAYFIELD, Ky. (FOX 56/ WKYT) – One of the towns hardest hit by last week’s storm was Mayfield.

An EF-4 tornado killed at least twenty people there Friday night, including eight who were working inside a leveled candle factory.

Cleanup and restoration efforts are underway. Progress has been made over the past week, but it has been slowed by the most recent spell of wet weather.

Power is slowly being restored in Mayfield. As our group was driving into town on Thursday, they noticed that steel poles had replaced wooden poles that had been thrown off by twisted wires.

In general, hurricane scars will take years to heal and will always be there to some degree.

In the early days of survival mode, families are saving what they can from what is left in their homes, many are still in shock. You can tell what happened is really sinking in, especially as we learn about the lives lost.

A memorial is putting that into perspective for many as we see the faces and names of those killed. We spoke with the man from Miami to build this wall of hope and his message to the community.

“A lot of things will happen when these tragedies hit, people don’t know what to do. I heard people walking around like zombies,” said Leo Soto. “This is essentially giving them a little push to have a rallying point. A place where they can come together and love and not just be sad. The reason behind these photos is that you can understand that there is a face behind each victim. “

Donation centers across town are always filled with families who come to meet basic needs. To drop off donations, you can take them to the Mayfield-Graves County Fairgrounds, the sheriff’s office says.

We also find a large facility at Mayfield High School.

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Britta Zeltmann

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