Johnson County woman's childhood home seriously damaged by flood

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email

PAINTSVILLE, Ky (WYMT) - For one Johnson County woman, flooding is a repeat problem that she is sick and tired of.

Emogene Chandler can only stand and watch as her childhood home fills with muddy rainwater.

"I am just heartbroken because it is my home. It is where I grew up and it is where all my memories are. That is all I will have now are just memories," said Chandler.

Chandler, who lives in downtown Paintsville now, said the damage her house sustained during Wednesday night's heavy rains is not only devastating on a personal level, but a financial one too. She used to rent out the place.

"There is no way of getting it repaired. It would not be worth it and then there is all that mold and mildew. People would not think about going in. I know I would not," said Chandler.

Chandler said she and her neighbors wonder if a culvert near the train track leading to their hollow is to blame.

"You think, well, maybe it is going to stop it up again. But in the last two years, you would think they would have done something about it," said Chandler.

So for now, she is cutting her loses and hoping for clear skies.

"Maybe to anybody else it would not be that sentimental but to me it is," said Chandler.

We spoke with a neighbor off camera, who told us the flooding has kept him from taking his wife to doctor's appointments.

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