Magoffin County Flood Victims Get Help

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

Many victims are cleaning-up and trying to salvage anything from their homes. This morning the Salvation Army and county officials delivered cleaning supplies to help them get started.

For many flood victims on Route 7, this is what it looks like - almost everything they own outside waiting for a garbage truck to pick it up. Now Salvation Army and county officials are trying to help them salvage some of their homes. They are delivering cleaning supplies.

Margie Hall was rescued in a boat when floodwaters filled her home.

"Oh it's terrible. I almost couldn't take it when I walked in and saw what happened," said Hall.

She lived here for 50 years and never flooded. Now she's sorting through 50 years worth of stuff. Most is ruined. She has to throw it all away, even sentimental items.

"It kills you. You just don't know what to do," said Hall.

Flood victims all along Route 7 are doing the same thing. While they lost many items, the Salvation Army and county officials are helping them start over.

"There's a lot of devastation out there and and it's probably overwhelming to a lot of them because they don't know where to turn, so we just want them to know the county is out there for them," said Judge Executive Mile Wilson.

They are hauling away their trash at no charge and are donating and delivering cleaning supplies to 160 homes.

"They thank us, we've had a few that cry. Your heart reaches out to people you're just trying to help who can't help themselves," said Wilson.

Now Margie and her neighbors are trying to make their homes livable again.

Neighbors and county officials know it is a long road ahead to get this area back to normal and get people back on their feet.

If you want to help victims in Magoffin County, you can call the judge-executive's office to find out what is needed. The number is 606-349-2311.

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