LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Residents in Radcliff continue to pick up the pieces after a severe storm system rolled through the area overnight Wednesday, May 21.
The National Weather Service is surveying the damage throughout Hardin County, to determine whether straight-line winds or a possible tornado is to blame. Emergency Management officials were also on scene taking photos of the damaged properties.
Thursday morning, more than 2,500 Hardin County residents woke up in the dark. Utility crews arrived on scene by 8:30 a.m. to begin restoring power. But for some residents, the damage consisted of more than a few downed power lines.
"I've never seen it like this in my neighborhood," Albert Jefferson, a Radcliff resident and military veteran, said.
Jefferson's neighbors along Kingswood Way spent the morning sifting through debris scattered down the block from mangled siding to sheds wrapped around trees.
"The shed was in my front yard. It wasn't until I went around, I realized the tree had hit the house," Alicia Prince said.
In a neighborhood full of active and retired military members, Prince said there was no shortage of help. One 30-year resident needed all the help he could, after portions of his roof blew off the house, leaving everything inside covered in insulation and dirt. He waited for most of the morning to talk to his insurance adjuster. His neighbors, a young couple, also lost their roof. Unfortunately, they'd only just moved in, not yet insured.
The devastation spanned across town. The roof of a shopping center along Dixie Highway blew off in the storm, and flew over the highway and onto a tattoo parlor on the other side of Dixie.
The cleanup only begun for these residents, but Jefferson is hopeful the community will make a quick recovery.
"With God's help and the neighbor's help, we'll be able to put this all back together again," Jefferson said.
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