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Beshear has visited western Kentucky 41 times since deadly 2021 tornadoes

"I want them to remember the western Kentucky community and how many were lost."

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Published: 10:38 PM EST December 1, 2022
Updated: 10:38 PM EST December 1, 2022

Almost a year since deadly tornadoes touched down in western Kentucky, the paint is going on and the final nails are being driven into some walls in Bowling Green.

Habitat for Humanity homes is being built in what was a farm field.

Habitat for Humanity of Bowling Green's Rodney Goodman said the metro Louisville branch sent their entire construction crew down after the tornadoes hit.

These homes represent a new start for Mervat Wahba and Samy Sourial. They lived with their children on Moss Creek Avenue, a street in Bowling Green that took a heavy hit Dec. 10. They all survived.

Both Wahba and Sourial gave WHAS11 News a tour of their new home, and they know where everything is going when they move in.

Credit: Alyssa Newton/WHAS-TV
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear greets Merva Wahba and Samy Sourial in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wahba and Sourial lost their home to a tornado in December 2021. Dec. 1, 2022

Gov. Andy Beshear knows them by name; this is his second visit to the street in two weeks.

“Just wanted to say hello, please tell your daughters I said hello too,” he said to the two of them.

 In October, Beshear visited with tornado survivors and others to celebrate those who will fill the 10 new Habitat for Humanity homes.

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