Businesses hit by tornado salvage what’s left

Some of the first properties hit by s tornado in the Mayfield area on Tuesday are on Highway 121.

The motorcycle parts store, Elder’s Cycle, was destroyed in the tornado. The owner says four employees were taken to the hospital, and but they’re all going to be okay.

The owner was too emotional to talk. but his aunt Evie Elder told me she can’t believe they all made it out alive. Elder found only piles of rubble, when she rushed to her nephew’s store Tuesday afternoon. 

"When I got here and saw the devastation, the first thing I wanted to know was where was my family," Elder said.

Her nephew, brother-in-law and two other employees were trapped under the rubble.

Elder says two men driving by stopped and helped the men get out. She says the store was her nephew’s livelihood.

Tuesday, family members worked to salvage anything they could in the hopes the family can rebuild.

"Each one has a guardian angel on their shoulder, because, by the devastation you see, it’s hard to think anyone could walk out of it, and four of them," Elder said.

The neighboring antique store, Grandpa’s Attic, was also heavily damaged. Kentucky State Police are patrolling the area, making sure there is no looting.

Two of the employees, including Evie Elder’s nephew and brother-in-law, were released from the hospital and back at the site helping with cleanup efforts.

The other two employees will stay in the hospital recovering overnight.

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