BOWLING GREEN, Kentucky (WBKO) – First Lady Dr. Jill Biden arrived at Bowling Green to investigate tornado damage from the Dec. 11 tornadoes.
The FLOTUS motorcade arrived in the Creekwood neighborhood of Bowling Green around 12:39 p.m. dr. Biden was greeted by Warren County Judge Mike Buchanon. He explained to WBKO News that the reconstruction will take a long time.
“Those that have been wiped out, I’m sure it will be 18 months to two years before we get them back, so we need to get temporary housing here,” Buchanon said.
During her visit, she spoke with residents in the Creekwood neighborhood. Many houses in the area had some damage.
The First Lady then spoke to two women, the Ford family, whose house had windows and roof spots boarded up.
dr. Biden also spoke to a mother and two little girls, who thanked FLOTUS for coming.
The mother’s eldest daughter, Ambla, suffered minor injuries in the tornado.
“We are getting help,” said the mother, “we are so grateful.”
More people gathered to meet the First Lady and she inquired about the reconstruction process.
A man helps rebuild homes and a construction team works on a house down the road near Creekwood.
dr. Biden also visited the disaster fulfillment site, where she helped hang clothes on hangers.
The First Lady spoke of her message to the people of Kentucky.
“FEMA was incredible. So I think this is really who we are as Americans. And you know, we come together and we help each other. And that’s exactly what I saw when Joe and I were, you know, in Colorado last week. So all these natural disasters that are happening are so tragic and there’s also, you know, residual sanity will be needed as time goes by here, especially for these little kids who’ve been through such trauma. But we come together.”
dr. Jill Biden then stopped at a food, toy and clothing store for people to get supplies.
She then stopped at a FEMA room with laptops and staff to help people apply for funds.
Oscar Salvatier, the leader of the task force for FEMA, greeted the first lady and explained how people request help.
Finally, the First Lady stopped at a Red Cross area, where she made remarks.
“We have all been changed by this tragedy, but not diminished – instead we become strong enough to hold on to both our greed and our joy. And we bear the unbearable together with grace and kindness, as we turn our faces to the glow of the dawn and seeking the sunlight of hope that we know we will come.”
Many residents that WBKO News has heard of have had trouble getting FEMA help. Congressman Brett Guthrie said he planned to discuss these concerns with the First Lady.
“It’s important that she’s here and the FEMA deputy director is here because you can see pictures,” Guthrie said. “It has become a little more difficult to request help than they said it would be. And so we just want to make sure people get what the programs offer. And in a way that is enough to get it to them. People are in pain – the house behind this one is gone.”
At the end of Dr. Biden, who pledged to help rebuild, said she would come back to Kentucky to monitor progress.
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