Governor visits displaced Kentuckians at state parks

Governor visits displaced Kentuckians at state parks
Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 5:59 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 23, 2021 at 8:47 PM CST
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DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. (WFIE) - Governor Andy Beshear made several stops in western Kentucky to visit tornado victims, including Hopkins County.

Dawson Springs is the hometown of former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, making it a pretty special place for the current governor. On Thursday, he made time for a community that means a lot to him.

When the tornadoes tore through Dawson Springs, Governor Beshear was there in person that same day.

“It’s a special place to me,” Beshear said.

Almost two weeks later, the Governor has returned.

Beshear says he’s already seen the people starting to bounce back.

“It’s special, you know, in hugging on people a week ago, 10 days ago, and saying, ‘It will get better,’” he said. “Seeing it get just a little bit better is pretty special.”

The Governor went over to Pennyrile State Park near Dawson Springs, where many people who lost their homes are staying. He says the state parks have really stepped up during this crisis, which is something they learned how to do over the past couple of years.

“COVID taught us this, right?” Governor Beshear said. “COVID taught us how incredible our state parks could be, and we got three, four employees here who lost their own homes that are staying here, and they’re still opening up the kitchen. I mean, it’s unbelievable.”

Beshear says Kentucky is focused on making sure the people are taken care of during their time of need. Different people have their own favorite parts of his visit, including two girls from Dawson Springs.

“Toys,” Natalie Pace said.

“Santa Claus keeping me up all day buying me so much candy,” Sawyer May said.

The Governor says he and the state of Kentucky are dedicated to rebuilding what was lost. To that end, he started the Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund.

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