Sen. McConnell visits Mayfield 4 months after tornado to meet local officials and FEMA; discuss recovery efforts

Senator Mitch McConnell met with Mayfield officials and FEMA today to talk about tornado relief.
Published: Apr. 14, 2022 at 10:31 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2022 at 5:20 PM CDT
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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) - Senator Mitch McConnell is in Mayfield to discuss disaster tornado recovery efforts.

He met with local leaders and FEMA before holding a news briefing at 11 a.m.

Sen. Mitch McConnell visited Mayfield to discuss tornado recovery efforts.

In December 2021 a EF4 tornado left a devastating track through western Kentucky.

Mayfield resident Cathy Pugh described the town as a war zone four months after the tornado ripped through the area.

“If people came in, they’d still think it just happened,” she said. “They didn’t realize how much stuff has been destroyed.”

Four months later, the community is still rebuilding.

FEMA officials say much of the debris has been removed, and the agency is now focused on restoring resources and transitioning survivors into permanent housing. However, they say that will be a lengthy process.

Mayor Kathy O’Nan said FEMA and Senator Mitch McConnell are a major help in the recovery process.

“Everything he has said he will do for our area has come to fruition,” she said.

Senator McConnell recently got President Joe Biden’s approval to have FEMA cover 90 percent of the rebuilding costs in the Kentucky communities impacted.

He acknowledged how natural disasters like the tornado have a big impact on people.

“This is part of nature and a part that brings a lot of distress, but it brings out the best in people too,” he said. “The meeting I had before seeing you, people are upbeat and optimistic and on their own way back and rebuilding. That’s what we always do in this country.”

O’Nan said it’s the same way in her community.

“It seems ordinary after awhile, the Mayfield Strong comment. It is not. That is who we are and no matter what has been thrown in, the people of Mayfield and Graves County’s faces, they have stood strong and helped each other in every type of situation,” she said.

Mayor O’Nan said she expects to find out what’s next for the city’s courthouse in May.

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