Kentucky Governor hands trailer keys to storm survivors

The governor of Kentucky on Friday handed over the keys to a trailer to a group of families who lost their homes when tornadoes ripped through parts of the state in December.

Gov. Andy Beshear visited hard-hit Mayfield and Dawson Springs in western Kentucky as families moved into trailers offering “mid-term” housing as they recovered from the storms.

The sheltering program provided 10 travel trailers to the Mayfield Mobile Home Community and 10 to the Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park campground. Another 180 trailers are on their way to Kentuckians in tornado-affected counties, the governor’s office said.

The trailers are brand new, either a 2022 or 2021 model, and range in size from 27 feet to 36 feet long.

“The road to full recovery will be long, but today we are helping families start a new chapter with more space, privacy and comfort,” Beshear said. “These brand new caravans are the next step as these people continue to rebuild their lives, allowing many of them to return to where their children are in school and where they have even more support from their neighbours.

Among those given the keys to a caravan in Mayfield were Ashley Parnell and her 5-year-old son, Bentley. The trailer will get them back to a normal routine, she said.

“I praise God and thank the Governor and his team for working hard to find us shelter and for staying true to their word,” Parnell said.

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