Pelly Farm Back In Business After Tornado, But Clean Up Still Underway

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SMITHS GROVE, Ky. (WBKO) - Business is booming at The Pelly Farm, but it was a much different story just a few months ago after a tornado ripped through.

"We were all literally just depressed by the whole vision of what we saw," says employee Joanna Blubaugh.

The Pelly Farm will never forget the twisted metal and devastation from the January 30 EF-2 tornado. Now, two months later, things are beginning to look a lot brighter.

"We had wonderful community support. We had 100 people come out on a workday which was just fabulous," says Esli Pelly.

Flowers now replace much of the tornado debris from that day. Employees say they are always on standby to help keep the farm together.

"It's not just a business we have been here with Esli for 8 years and you know we are a family and it's important to help them out and get this going back," says employee Cyndi Wallace.

The Pelly's say it's still a long road ahead. Sheet metal still flaps in the breeze, brick lies on the ground and some buildings remain exposed to the elements.

"We are trying to put a roof over the little tiny bit that is existing which was the milk parlor and the tank room and then we are going to rebuild the barn once I get through my spring season," says Pelly.

As the growing season kicks off Pelly is thankful she's still in business.

"It didn't bother our green houses, it didn't hurt my daughters house but the barn was 100 feet wide and 300 feet long steel metal and it's gone, but we feel truly blessed because in the end it was just twisted metal," says Pelly.

A drive through the neighborhood surrounding the farm reveals much has been cleaned up. The Pelly's say they are thankful for the community support and the efforts of first responders the day of the Tornado.

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