Workers affected by tornado happy to return

People are still cleaning up on day 2 after a tornado leveled some businesses and homes in Mayfield, Kentucky.

With cleanup and worrying about staying financially stable, owners and employees say they have even more to worry about now. 

Most of the businesses in town say they’re open, doing what they can even if their services are limited. 

Employees’ jobs may have changed a bit too, helping with cleanup or fix-ups. But some employees tell me they’re just happy they’re able to be here to help.

When the tornado hit, Matthew Schultz was working on the farming side of Mako industries in Mayfield. "I was kinda just running in circles," he said. "Didn’t know what to do."

After the 30 seconds when the tornado blew through, Schultz says he knows he’s lucky to be alive.

 "Once it came in, I ran over there and lay between those ladders in the shelves in the door," he says. 

Now, it’s back to work, but on a different job: tornado cleanup. Schultz says, even if only half the business is standing, he’s going to work where he can.

Owner Mako Nesler says they’re still open. Employees may not be doing what he hired them for, but everyone knows cleanup is an important job nonetheless. "We’re kind a hoping we can get back up on our feet," he says.

Workforce development manager Jonathon Pendergrass says not all businesses and employers can go back to work after an event like this. As long as you’re willing and able to work and you’re allowed to, he says you can file for unemployment.

"If you are unemployed due to no fault of your own, then yes you need to file. Anyone is able to apply, but those are some of the conditions," Pendergrass says.

Schultz says he’s happy, and he’s still willing, able, and alive.

Pendergrass says there is a bit of a waiting period between when you file and when you receive a check, but tornadoes fall under circumstances out of your control.

If you need to file, click here.

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