Magoffin County flood victims feel overlooked

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

Flood victims in four Eastern Kentucky counties are receiving individual disaster assistance from FEMA, but that's not the case for people in Magoffin County, at least for now.

Magoffin County is only eligible to get help from FEMA to repair damaged roads or public buildings and not individual homes.

County leaders requested a reassessment to make sure people get the help they need.

Flood victims there are stunned, and many, like Sherry Watson can't help but feel forgotten.

"There's some reason, I don't know if it's political or what it is, but there's a reason why we're not getting it," said Watson.

Her home is still in shambles nearly a month after flooding hit the Royalton area.

"We're just like anybody else. We'd like to have a clean place to go. We'd like to have some help," added Watson.

She says insurance will cover some of what she lost, but knows some of her neighbors are not

Judge Executive Charles Hardin says more than 100 homes are damaged and some are destroyed.

"In a community that has all the needs we have in Magoffin County, we certainly deserve and need some help," said Judge Hardin.

To qualify for individual aid, Hardin says the county had to prove $50,000 in damage to 25 homes. He was confident it would get that help the first time around.

"We will not quit trying until we are told to go away, and we have not been told to go away yet," added Hardin.

FEMA did let Watson register just in case the decision is reversed, but told her to call state emergency management officials.

"The more people that calls in, the better off we will be as far as help goes," added Watson.

She's among many who are refusing to back down.

Hardin says the additional damage information collected today will be reported during a conference call with state emergency officials tomorrow.

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