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Tornado recovery continues in Kentucky

President Joe Biden hugs a woman during a visit to Dawson Springs, Ky., to survey tornado damage on Wednesday. Associated Press/Photo by Andrew Harnik

Tornado recovery continues in Kentucky

Thousands of residents remain without water or power throughout Kentucky after more than 30 tornadoes tore through six states over the weekend, killing at least 90 people. President Joe Biden walked through piles of debris in Dawson Springs and took an aerial tour of the leveled town of Mayfield. Biden said the government would cover all emergency work costs in Kentucky for the first 30 days, including overtime for law enforcement, shelter management, and debris removal.

What recovery efforts are underway? Gov. Andy Beshear deployed more than 500 National Guard members to assist with search-and-extraction and traffic control. The only funeral home in Dawson Springs, Ky., has worked around the clock to catch up on delayed funerals as bodies are recovered from the debris. Another storm system started moving across the Great Plains and the Midwest on Wednesday, prompting tornado warnings across Nebraska. Areas from New Mexico to Michigan are under high wind warnings.

Dig deeper: Read Kim Henderson’s report about hurricane recovery efforts in Louisiana earlier this year.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a WORLD reporter and a graduate of the World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College. She resides in Washington, D.C.


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