Tornado whips through Ballard County leaving plenty of damage

This is just one of many barns and houses that were hit by this morning's tornado in Ballard...
This is just one of many barns and houses that were hit by this morning's tornado in Ballard County. (Source: Nathan Ellgren, KFVS)
Updated: Mar. 15, 2019 at 7:57 PM CDT
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BALLARD COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - Residents in Ballard County recount the moment a tornado blew through their neighborhoods.

Ballard County Judge Executive Offices have declared a State of Emergency for the county.

Structures near Lovelaceville took a direct hit from these strong winds.

Many tress were flattened by the storm, Which also ripped off the roof of homes and completely destroyed barns.

Matt Scars was next door when he heard and saw the roof of his grandmothers house fly away.

“I heard a big loud ruckus and wind come in, I looked up and noticed that there was sheet metal flying across the back door, and then I came up to the front door and then I noticed pretty much the whole house was engulfed in wind and there was stuff flying all over the place. It was crazy just seeing it live and happening there."

Scars says they are moving stuff out of his grandmothers house and she will stay with them next door until they decide what to do about the damage.

Travis Holder the Director of the Emergency Management Agency for Ballard County says that four homes were majorly effected and that multiple barns, and that several trees and power lines were knocked down.

Holder said that power has been fully restored in the county and there were no injuries reported, but that farmers did lose livestock.

Holder adds that they are trying to help those affected by the tornado the best they can, and that if anyone is in need they should contact the EMA.

“We have farmers from one end of the county calling, can we bring our tractors out there, can we clean up what can we do,” said Holder. “Everyone has the resources that they have and they are willing to bring it and use it in any way possible.”

He says that the Ballard County Recycling Center is currently accepting any debris left over from the damage free of charge.

Holder says they are also trying to see if the county is eligible for FEMA assistance.

Damaged structure in Ballard County (Source: Chris Drury)
Damaged structure in Ballard County (Source: Chris Drury)((Source: Chris Drury))

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