Neighboring groups helping out Pike County flood victims

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One week has passed since hard rain and swift water have devastated areas of Pike County.

All week, people across the state have reached out to the flood victims by donating food, clothes, and cleaning supplies.

The Johnson Central High School boys basketball team planned a car show fundraiser for the program weeks ago. But when two team members visited flooded areas in nearby Pike County, they insisted on a food and supply drive as well to help the people affected.

"It's terrible. I saw trailers and houses ripped up. They need our help," small forward B.J. Blackburn said.

"After we told everyone what we saw, people stepped up with donations and stuff," power forward Chad Collins said.

Prestonsburg Police Officer Jason Caudill, who grew up in Pike County, saw the devastation first-hand when he took a carload of clothes and food to Coon Creek.

"I was devastated because I have a lot of friends over there. My first thought was, 'What can I do to help,'" Caudill said.

Caudill told Prestonsburg firefighter Celina Thomas what he saw in Pike County, and both of them worked together to raise money for the victims.

"When we started telling people what we were doing, people started handing us $100 bills, $500 checks, $20 bills. It became a community effort," Thomas said.

On Friday, the Prestonsburg Police and Fire Departments, the Floyd County Rescue Squad, and city officials brought about four thousand dollars of water and cleaning supplies to Harless Creek, one of the hardest-hit areas. Caudill says he is proud of the city's effort to help Pike County, but knows it is a long way from recovery.

If you would like to donate water or personal hygiene items, you can bring them to the Prestonsburg Fire Department, located in city hall.

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