Pike County Still Reeling From Flood Damage; Thousands Without Water

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

People in Pike County are still reeling from flood damage. The water is down, but their problems are far from over.

Those who still have homes in South Blackburn Bottom are tearing up the floors and trashing everything.

Flood victim Sherry May says, "It's destroyed everything we've got...since it's happened I've cried day in, day out."

The water is down, but mudslides are causing problems on secondary roads. Some crews have worked 24 hours straight hoping to make all roads passable by Monday.

Tim Carter, Superintendent for the Kentucky Department of Transportation, says, "Over half my crew was trapped in yesterday, I couldn't even get them out. I couldn't get the ones back in that were out to give them rest because I couldn't get the fresh ones out to work."

The strain doesn't stop there. About 12,000 customers in Pike County have no running water, and it could be one week before it's back.

The National Guard is helping distribute drinking water at nearly one dozen centers around Pike County.

People are grateful for the help, but overwhelmed at home. Joe May's back is as worn out as his spirit. He just finished remodeling, and has no insurance.

May says, "I'm going to try to fix my house...have no place to go."

The May family signed up for help from FEMA. They say it can't come soon enough.

You can pick up free drinking water in Pike County at the following locations:

Belfry Courthouse
Belfry High School
Big Creek Fire Department
Hatfield Fire Department
Hurricane Fire Department
Island Creek Fire Department
John's Creek Fire Department
Kimper Fire Department
Phelps Fire Department
Pike County Central High School
Upper Pond Creek Fire Department


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