National Guard And Job Corp Clean Up Maytown

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Now that the flood waters have receded, many are left with ruined possessions piled outside their homes.

National Guard members and Job Corp students hit the streets of Maytown today, helping clear mounds of debris in people's yards.

For those who lost everything, it is still hard to understand

"I don't know what to say about it. I don't think it's sunk in yet," said Rebecca Hall of Maytown.

She says she is glad to see Job Corp volunteers and the National Guard sweeping the streets of Maytown, taking the time to pick up piles of damaged possessions.

"It's really good because I had a pile there and if they hadn't of come and took it away I don't know how we'd of got it away," said Hall.

"We've got like eight dump trucks up there, four back hoes, picking up stuff from the houses and stuff and it's the worst I've ever seen," said Magistrate Jackie Owens.

"I'm just glad they're here to help. The Red Cross and Salvation Army, they've all been here to help," said flood victim, Belinda Halbert.

Workers say it is a chance to give back.

"I know how it is to have a house flooded under water and have to go through the remodeling process and the mold process. It's a very difficult and heartbreaking process to go through," said Job Corp volunteer Greg Shillito.

"We've been real real busy. We have two different teams going around and assessing the damage," said Staff Sergeant Michael Crace.

He says he knows first hand what it means to have help. He lives in Martin and lost everything.

"I'm doing this all day and then going back home in the evening and taking care of my place," said Crace.

He says the best thing you can do is help each other in such hard times.

Officials say those in Maytown who still need food and water can go to the Maytown fire department for help.


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  • by ruthie Location: martin on May 24, 2009 at 06:49 PM
    this probally won't make it on nothing else i've written has but martin was also hit hard a lot of people including my families home was completely destroyed.i also wonder where is fema are we going to get help? if the local news doesn't keep this story in the news we will just be forgotten.
  • by denise Location: maytown on May 20, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    to Anonymous,no we are talking about the M aytown in Floyd County.it's about a mile above Martin,KY in FLOYD COUNTY.
  • by APRIL Location: MAYTOWN KY on May 16, 2009 at 07:54 PM
    WE DESPERATELY NEED HELP FROM FEMA I LOST EVERYTHING I HAVE NOTHING NO HOME NOTHING PLEASE GET FEMA IN HERE TO HELP US WE ARE DESPERATE AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO
  • by Anonymous on May 15, 2009 at 02:38 PM
    Are you talking about the Maytown in Morgan Co.??????
  • by WAITING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Location: MARTIN,MAYTOWN,KY on May 15, 2009 at 01:13 PM
    WHERE IS FEMA?????????? WHERE IS FEMA???????????????????????? WHERE IS THE HELP EVERYONE IS TOLD THAT IS ON THE WAY???????????????
  • by JR Location: KY on May 14, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    How about getting some of those "fictitious" backhoes and dump trucks up some of the hollers at Maytown...haven't seen any yet, unless they are invisible???

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