Hodgenville dairy heavily damaged after Wednesday's storms


by Gene Kang


Posted on June 27, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 28 at 11:18 AM

HODGENVILLE, Ky. -- Strong winds ripped through LaRue County. At least one dairy farm was damaged as well as other buildings. Now the cleanup process begins.

"Of course it looks a lot worse this morning than it did last night," Merle Edlin, LaRue County Sheriff, said.

Severe weather tore through Hodgenville, leaving the rural area an utter mess.

Hodgenville resident, Mark Steven: "It's totaled. Everything except the milking parlor, everything is totaled."

Photos: Sky11 surveys damage in Neslon, Hardin counties

"I feel like it was straight line winds. Everything seems to be in one direction," Edlin said.  

Rock Dairy Farms sustained the worst devastation near Slack and Dan Dunn roads where one cow died.

Time is of the essence, workers have to move 130 dairy cows from LaRue County to a completely different county miles away, making sure they're fed and taken care of after the severe weather.

The fresh milk was kept at a chilly 38 degrees overnight, thanks to a generator, and delivered to Metro Louisville.

David Harrison with UK's LaRue County Ag Extension said an estimated four or five buildings were leveled, including barns. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused and volunteers will help remove the debris.

"... and then replace it with new or used equipment," said Harrison.

The National Weather Service has experts on the ground and will determine if it was straight line winds or a tornado.

Click here to see viewer photos of Wednesday's storms.