MAYFIELD — Kentucky Baptists are helping western Kentucky homeowners clean up after a tornado rammed through buildings and injured 10 on Tuesday.
“We’re thankful that the injuries were not serious,” said Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Director Coy Webb. “From what I’ve seen of the damage, it could have been much worse.”
Severe storms spawned a tornado May 10 with winds reaching as high as 140 mph. Most of the damage occurred in Mayfield, with sightings also reported near Greenville and Morganfield.
In an Associated Press report, Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon said he watched a tornado shift away from area schools were 2,400 students sheltered in place.
“We knew that it was going to get hit,” Redmon said. “But there’s only one reason why we didn’t lose a bunch of kids’ lives ... and that was because of God. He shifted that tornado right before it got to that school.”
High winds damaged buildings near Hartford, where Webb said a crew of Kentucky Baptists patched roofs with tarps on Wednesday. More than a dozen homes and one church in the area were affected.
On Thursday, additional Kentucky Baptists began removing large downed trees littering the yards of nearly 40 homes in Mayfield.
Two chaplain teams and heavy machine operators will also assist with the clean-up ministry. Webb said local officials have estimated the damage to top $3 million.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are expected to remain working in the area for the next week.