Family Loses Nearly Everything In Storms

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

Another community that was hit hard is Barbourville in Knox County.

WYMT's Amy Walker spoke with a family trying to recover a few personal items after the storm left them homeless.

Amy spoke to a Barbourville family left with practically nothing.

Tuesday night's storms blew the roof off their home and it also took the life they knew, the beds they slept in, and their sense of stability with it.

It was an unusual night for Robin Boles, her boyfriend, five children, and pregnant sister stayed up a little later than usual.

“It probably would have killed us all because we were usually in bed by that time,” Boles said.

She says her 2 year old daughter began to cry as the storm hit.

The ceiling fell, the lights went out, and everything blew away.

“I was in the dark trying to fumble and find her. When I did it was like the wind was trying pick up both of us and pull us out like the ceiling,” Boles said.

She says it happened in the blink of an eye, but it felt like forever.

“I had all five of my babies in one big huddle in between the kitchen counter and refrigerator, and I just started praying,” Boles said.

Now in the daylight, the family says everything that wasn't blown away is soaked in rain.

Emergency Manager Joe Bradshaw says he's seen this happen to families since his first year as a rescue worker exactly thirty years ago in the deadly storms of 1974.

“It's tough on these families so we do try to help them and make it a little easier,” Bradshaw said.

County officials are helping the Boles family with shelter for now, but they have no clothes, no beds... no home.

“I don't know, I just don't know why it had to happen to me,” Boles said.

The boles home was the only one on the street that suffered major damage and it actually threw their roof over several other trailers.

But many electric lines, trees, and roofs were blown over last night and county officials have declared a state of emergency.

If you have any damage to report in Knox County or need help because of the storm you can call (606) 546-5207

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