West Liberty celebrates progress three years after tornado

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Monday marks three years since a deadly EF 3 tornado tore through the town of West Liberty in Morgan County.

Many people lost homes and businesses but some are calling this year’s anniversary a celebration.

Construction seems to be everywhere throughout West Liberty, a symbol of the progress the town is making.

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“It’s a new day dawning here in West Liberty,” said Jim Gazay, construction manager for a new bank building that’s going in on Main Street. “What we’ve done and what we’ve been able to accomplish and where we’re going to go now.”

Lives are being rebuilt too. The Shuck family is about to move into a new home after theirs was destroyed by the tornado. Like so many others in West Liberty, the Shucks are focusing on progress.

“It’s part of our history, it’s something that is always going to be there and we’ll just live with it and move forward,” said Doris Shuck. “That’s the attitude we’ve tried to take with it.”