One Year Later, West Liberty Still Hopeful

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 3/01/2013 11:22 pm
The tornado that flattened many parts of West Liberty, KY on March 2nd, 2012, took many things with it.

What it failed to take was the townspeople's hope.

"The history's still being wrote on this town. And we're excited to see the changes," said the branch manager for The Citizen's Bank, Cody Prater.

One year later, the storm remains a memory many wish they didn't have--the destruction it caused was still seen through town. Businesses boarded up; homes with broken windows and missing roofs; entire forestry made recognizable only by the limbs still pushed up by roots.

Six lives were lost in the EF-3 tornado.

But where there were traces of tragedy, there were many more of triumph. Businesses that looked and operated good as new; obvious signs of construction; and a host of people who traveled to and around both, buying burgers or depositing money into their bank accounts.

At The Citizen's Bank, you wouldn't be able to tell anything had happened. Aside from photos Prater pulled up on his computer of the damages, there would be no way of knowing the building had ever looked any different.

"This is a bittersweet time for us. Because lives were lost and friends of ours were lost...and you know, we can't forget that. But we're happy that we see progress and that we are rebuilding," said the branch manager. "Every day, I see a bit of progress."

The way West Liberty looked Friday, Prater will continue to.
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