On December First, 2018, the City of Taylorville changed forever, when an EF-3 tornado hit the community. Over 700 structures were damaged and 33 were totally destroyed.
Regional Radio News is remembering that fateful day in a series of features where we'll review that day, and that days that followed.
In times of peril, community leaders are the ones that are looked to for strength and guidance. In the case of the December First Tornado, Taylorville had Mayor Bruce Barry. Miller Media spoke with Mayor Barry the morning after to get an update on the situation. At the time there was a lot of assessment that needed to be done.
The safety of those in the community was a big concern, and Mayor Barry talked about the measurements they took for Taylorville residents to remain safe. He also mentions that many who were safe just wanted to help.
Mayor Barry advised residents to stay off the streets, but understood that faith was one way that would help this community get through the tragedy.
Stay tuned to Regional Radio News for more special features as we remember the Taylorville Tornado, one year later.
And, don't forget the event taking place this Sunday from 2 til 4 at the Taylorville V-F-W to commemorate the first anniversary. There'll be free snacks, soda, and water, and free entertainment. WMKR Genuine Country 94-point-3 will broadcast the event live.