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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