New homes to be dedicated for victims of tornado in Ohio Co.

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Published: Oct. 20, 2022 at 6:06 AM CDT
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OHIO CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear visited Ohio County on Thursday to dedicate homes built for victims of the December 10 tornado.

The Sumner family was home when the tornado destroyed the building around them.

The foundations were still standing, and their home has been rebuilt.

In the months since, they had to live out of a camper owned by a family of strangers.

“God’s people really lifted us up and kept us going throughout this whole year,” Joel Sumner said.

As they cut the ribbon at their home’s dedication, they shook the governor’s hand and thanked all the people who have helped them.

“Out of the blue, people that we don’t even know have offered things to us,” said Mary Sumner. “We’ve just had a huge support.”

Governor Beshear said he feels it’s important to celebrate when these homes are rebuilt.

“It gives people hope,” says Beshear. “Whether it’s the people in Western Kentucky that still have their homes in process or the people in Eastern Kentucky where that flooding just happened three months ago and the rebuilding may take longer.”

He said they plan to have more dedications for homes rebuilt in Dawson Springs by December.