Off to see the wizard

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Betty Sue Walters was heading toward her family's barn in her pickup truck and it had just started to rain.

She said a tornado that swept through central Kentucky in early May hit her property moments later, wiping out her weeping pear trees, ripping the roof from the barn and lifting water right out of the lake at the back of the property.

When it was all over, the 156-year-old Franklin County farm was a mess, with Walters estimating the damage at $300,000.

"It could have been a movie - it was just like Dorothy," said Walters, making reference to the tornado sequence in The Wizard of Oz. "I'm just telling you exactly like it was because it's the most traumatic thing that has ever happened to me."

But if the tornado brought trauma, finding out what to do about it has given Walters nothing but grief.

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