“It’s just rubble now, nothing left,” Suzanne Flint, of Mayfield, Kentucky, pointed to the restaurant that has been with her family for 75 years while telling CNN’s John Berman.
“It’s devastating now. Like I said, my whole family worked there at one point or another. Me, my mother, my brother, my grandparents, my aunt – everyone worked there. that time or another, and most of them are gone, so those are really the only memories we have left of them,” Flint told Berman.
Flint’s husband, Wayne Flint, was attending a basketball game 20 minutes from the restaurant when the tornado hit Friday. He describes his decision to drive home instead of taking shelter.
“They’ve told us everyone needs to cover up while we’re at the ballroom. Well, I have a good opinion that we’re going back home because we have family here. And It was a mistake. I witnessed 18 wheels flip in Wayne said.
“This is terrible, this is really devastating the whole place, you know, they are all good people here, everyone is good people and I will try to get this restaurant back up and running quickly because I feel like this is going to give people hope, you know, “Wayne, who owns a construction business,” said Wayne, who owns a construction company.
For now, Flints is still processing what happened.
“I guess it’s surreal for me right now. I don’t think it’s hit me yet. I guess we’re walking like machines,” said Suzanne.
The family still has plans to celebrate Christmas, she added. “One way or another, we will celebrate Christmas. We have grandchildren,” she said.