Covering Kentucky

Mar 1, 2013 9:48 PM

Grant County: One Year Later

On March 2, 2012, a tornado outbreak in Kentucky killed more than two dozen people. Homes were destroyed and lives changed forever across the state, including in Grant County.

LEX 18 returned to the Harvester neighborhood, where most of the damage in Grant County happened.

It's a much different scene today. Roofs have been replaced, new siding has been put up on homes that were hit by the tornado. But there are still signs of pain from that night.

"You can look at the lots and step back and just think, you know how that tornado come through here and ripped up everyone's home," says Donald Clark, who lives in the neighborhood.

Laura Athat showed LEX 18 a photo of the tornado that destroyed those homes on Barley Circle. Atha snapped the photo as her boyfriend, James Brooks, was on his way home.

"There's not a day that doesn't go by I don't think of him," she tells us, one year later.

Brooks was killed when the tornado picked up his truck and threw him from the cab. Since then, friends have put up this cross in the field where he was killed.

"I don't ever want to forget, and I just want to know exactly where he lost his life. Maybe I'm kind of strange, I had to know every detail, and I did learn them," Atha says. "It's just important to me as the years go by, the cross will be there and I can always remember that's exactly where it happened."

Many people in Grant County are not out of the woods yet, they're still rebuilding, still mourning those who lost their lives one year ago, that night.


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