From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Christian County's 2006 Tornado Revisited

Life in Christian County, Kentucky...



Tornado damage

Today I drove through some of the area northeast of Hopkinsville, KY, that was hit by an F3 tornado on April 2, 2006. This tall sycamore tree still has some roofing metal caught in it. Plenty of damage is still visible to property and trees but some buildings have been replaced and some have seen some repair.

The tornado was a strange but interesting experience as a blogger. My blog was new at that time, and I was lucky to get 50 page-views a day. Suddenly, I had several hundred page-views a day from people across the nation and around the world who were trying to find out about the tornado. I suppose that many of them had family or friends here or had once lived here themselves. I tried to report some of the news and provide some links for them.

The Kentucky New Era has run a couple of follow-up stories lately about the tornado. In a report published on March 13, 2007, a lady said she had received a lot of help from the American Red Cross and she was grateful for it. When the tornado hit, she and her husband were thrown out of their mobile home onto the top of their car. Both their home and their car were destroyed, and they spent several days in a Nashville hospital. They ended up selling their property and moving to a home in town.

On March 14, 2007, the Kentucky New Era reported that the Christian County Road Department was nearly finished with assistance to the tornado cleanup. A state of emergency was declared after the tornado to allow the Road Department to haul storm debris from private property to the landfill.

The storm cleanup has cost the Road Department $423,000. The county will receive a $250,000 grant from the Commonwealth of Kentucky to help with the expense. About 3,000 tons of debris have been taken to the landfill.

The tornado posts I made last year were:


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