People help Henderson Co. residents, animals recover from tornado

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT) – The clean up continues in Henderson, another part of the Tri-State hit hard by Saturday’s storms.

People from in and outside the county arrived to help residents and animals. 

“Since the storm hit the other night, it’s been busy,” said Tom Daniel, who came from Dixon with others to help get tree limbs removed and clear other damage since Sunday. 

“I had one guy yesterday, we went out Sunday and done one, and he was tickled to death. It was a leaning tree, it was about to fall on his house,” he recalled. He stopped at at least three homes in the path of Saturday’s EF-2 tornado that left a path of destruction that was getting cleaned up across the county.

“Originally, there was about 85 trees in this yard. I think we lost about 15-20 of them last night,” recalled Andy Carr, who had several friends help clear his front yard the past two days.

“I think we had about 15-20 people here, pretty much got the majority of the big stuff knocked out anyway,” he said. He had to call in more help after finding two baby great horned owls that he didn’t know were nesting in his front yard.

“They found them under a pile of limbs from one of the trees that got blown down,” Carr says.

“It’s pretty common for people to not know that they even have nests on their property,” added Grant Allen of Nurture To Nature Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Allen alsos says the owls may have fallen up to 30 feet from the tree. but weren’t hurt. They built a new nest in the hopes their parents will return.

“It’s amazing that these animals can fall so far out of the tree and not be harmed and to be able to be renested,” said Allen.

“It’s pretty crazy. Lucky that we found them because we were basically moving everything with tractors and grapples and everything. It was lucky that we saw them ther,” adds Carr.

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(This story was originally published on March 30, 2020)

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