Federal help arrives

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

Several eastern Kentucky counties continue to clean up after the Mother's Day weekend storms, and now they're getting some federal help.

22 counties were declared federal disaster areas late Friday and now the process of documenting the damage begins.

Red Cross officials are going door to door in Breathitt County passing out fliers with a 1-800-FEMA number on it and they're stressing in order to get help, you must call this number.

Rose Wolfe is out spreading the word on how to get help from FEMA.

“We're urging everybody to contact their neighbors, make sure that they know to call FEMA and that they have the number,” Wolfe said.

“It's wonderful. I'm just so glad that it finally happened I didn't think it was ever going to happen,” Rhonda Bush said.

“We had to completely gut our house, the floors, walls, insulation, sheet rock, everything,” Jessica Brown said.

Jessica Brown says she's already set up an appointment with FEMA, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes over the phone.

She says with a 7 year old son, she couldn't wait any longer to clean up her damaged possessions, “We had to do what we had to do to get the money to fix it up so now I'm just worried about that, but they said to keep the pictures.”

Connie Hatton said she and her husband are just trying to pick up the pieces, “We're at a point for starting which is you don't know what to do. You don't sleep, you don't eat, you just exist.”

“I hope now that they know that FEMA's here and they are out, that they'll be able to get their composure a little bit and know that help finally is here and they will get to them,” Wolfe said.

FEMA phone lines are open from 7 in the morning until 10 in the evening 7 days a week until further notice.


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  • by Are you blilnd? Location: KY on Jun 4, 2009 at 02:03 PM
    Yeah, Terri, Obama cared soooo much he waited three weeks to declare a federal disaster..three weeks while people were homeless, no water, etc...that shows how much he "cares" about Kentuckians..Even West Virginia got help quicker and that state didn't go for him either...I guess we are too "bitter and clingy" for him to give a care.
  • by Chuck Location: floyd county on Jun 3, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    I am outraged at the way F.E.M.A is treating people who were flooded. Those who lost everything and are being told that nothing can be done. My home and all of my belongings were destroyed and now they are telling me that since i lived in a flood zone without flood insurance, they cannot help me. even though we tried and could not recieve flood insurance. I'm 52 years old, me and my wife have nowhere else to go, what can you do?. More people have to speak out about this outrageous behavior by our federal goverment. They can throw billions at companies that waste it, but they will not help the families that truly need the help so they can get back on their feet again. shame on all those people from the top down for treating the people this way! WYMT please go out and ask these questions on our behalf, and find out why we are being done this way.
  • by What? on Jun 3, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    Obama and Femma 3 weeks late while people are suffering and no place to live. The Dummycats will never say that Obama took too long to declare. People are so blinded by the BHO that they can not see what is going on in this county. Everyone says it is a shame that the abortion doctor was shot and killed, but where is the outcry when one of our brave military men is gunned down by a terrorist.
  • by Good LUCK on Jun 3, 2009 at 06:23 AM
    FEMA to the rescue....Bless everyone who needs the help! Prayers are more stronger than FEMA!
  • by Wilson on Jun 2, 2009 at 12:05 PM
    I'm glad FEMA is going to help but if you build back in the same place then you need to be on your own next time.
  • by Terri on Jun 2, 2009 at 05:04 AM
    Obama is such a caring president, I knew he would be here to help-glad I voted for him.
  • by anna Location: breathitt on Jun 1, 2009 at 08:20 PM
    it is so sad. people are sleeping in tents, so people lost everything, please lets all pull together and help those people that lost it all and have no place to go. put yourself in their place. the bush family at noctor got hit the hardest, i seen it for myself. they really do need help badly. i just hope and pray that all gets the help they need. thank you

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