Tornado Relief Fund photo

Volunteers sort through some of the rubble in downtown Mayfield on Dec. 11, 2021, the day after an EF-4 tornado tore through portions of the city. The state’s Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, started to support those affected by the tornado outbreak that hit western Kentucky, raised more than $46 million by the beginning of February.

Started in the days after December’s tornado outbreak in western and central Kentucky, the Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund has seen a massive amount of donations. By Feb. 4, $46,245,949 had been given, but only a little less than 7% of those funds have been distributed to impacted Kentuckians.

With the remaining $43 million, Gov. Andy Beshear said the next big steps will be working with nonprofits and other organizations to get people in housing and start that step toward long-term recovery.

Lily Burris is a tornado recovery reporter for WKMS, Murray State's NPR Station. Her nine month reporting project is supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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