Tornado-slammed parts of Kentucky face long recovery

Midwest Tornadoes

Volunteers, mostly employees from the Mayfield Consumer Products factory, help salvage possessions from the destroyed home of Martha Thomas, in the aftermath of tornadoes that tore through the region several days earlier, in Mayfield, Ky., Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

MAYFIELD, Ky. (AP) — Workers, volunteers and members of the National Guard fanned out in tornado-damaged areas of Kentucky to help with recovery tasks large and small.

The work ranges from replacing thousands of damaged utility poles to delivering bottles of drinking water to searching for the dead.

The tornado outbreak Friday killed at least 88 people in five states. Seventy-four of them were in Kentucky.

Gov. Andy Beshear said that the death toll could grow as authorities continue to work around debris that slowed recovery efforts. Nearly 450 National Guard members have been mobilized in the state, and 95 of them are searching for those presumed dead.

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