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Flood Victims Turn to Faith

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Recent flooding in Eastern Kentucky has people cleaning up for a second time in just over a month. People in one community say it is their faith that is helping them through.

Wayne and Fay Blackburn have lived in Sidney all of their lives and say only one word came to mind when flood waters hit their community again this past Thursday.

"Scary. And it came up so fast, you know?"

"Now the last time we didn't get it as bad as we did this time, but this time has been really rough." said Fay Blackburn.

They say water from Big Creek rose within a matter of 2 hours, seeping its way into their church, ruining all the duct work. Despite the damage they say it will take more than water to bog down their faith.

"Oh yeah. Goodness, that won't stop me, coming to church, no," said Fay.

"Just have the faith in God. Trust in Him with everything you got," said Wayne.

Just down the road, the story is the same at the Sidney Missionary Baptist Church. Member June Williamson says she hopes people believe in the words on their marque.

"Lord when we're facing the challenges that we face in our daily lives, help us to stand on your promises," said Williamson.

However, she says it is still hard.

“I feel so sorry for all these people and I want to do so much and you look around you, where do I start, what do I do?”

She says for all of those out there with that question, there is only one thing you can do.

“The bottom line is, we'll trust in the Lord. That's the bottom line.”

Missionary Baptist Church members say they do not know when they will be able to make the necessary repairs but they hope to get back to having services within the next few weeks.


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