St. Joseph Parish
Tornado Strikes on W. Liberty, KY (3/8)
West Liberty, KY is home to the Prince of Peace Church, and the Morgan County Schools that are a part of our outreach program. The town suffered tremendous destruction at the hands of an EF3 tornado on March 2nd. Catholic News Service reports:“Elsewhere in the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., Prince of Peace Church in hard-hit West Liberty lost the roofs of both the rectory and the church, reported Thomas F. Shaughnessy, diocesan communications director and editor of Crossroads, its newspaper.”
News of damage to the school isn’t any better, according to Kentucky.com:“Work crews in West Liberty were busy Wednesday, rushing to fabricate classrooms in an empty factory building so students from heavily damaged West Liberty Elementary would have a place to attend classes. West Liberty Elementary and the central offices of Morgan County Schools were so badly damaged that both have been condemned, district spokeswoman Jennifer Salyer said Wednesday. The district’s football field, bleachers, locker rooms and press box were destroyed. Salyer said the plan is for West Liberty Elementary students and the district offices to move into the former Boneal factory building so that classes may resume Monday — if families in the storm-ravaged community are ready. Friday’s tornado killed six people in Morgan County.“
Watch YouTube video of the EF3 tornado here: West Liberty Kentucky Tornado, Shot from downtown! 3/2/12
Please keep the people of this community in your prayers. We’re still trying to get in touch with our contacts in the area to offer our prayers and assistance.