American Red Cross offers support in Middlesboro

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Homes in and around Middlesboro have extensive damage as a result of Monday's destructive flash flooding. Now the American Red Cross has set up shop in Bell County to give those people the help they need.

Volunteers spent the day traveling from house to house. The Red Cross is on the ground in Bell County. They're touring homes hit by the flood waters.

"We watched it when we left. It was coming up through the carpet, and by the time we got out of here it was up here," said Roger Sparks, of Middlesboro.

His home took on feet of water. Now they are in the process of putting it back together.

"I've been here 38 years or so, and in my lifetime I've never seen flooding like this," said James Smith, a Red Cross Volunteer.

Rebuilding what the flood tore away will take a long time. That's why the American Red Cross is offering short-term help to qualified victims.

They've opened a command center that is stocked with clothes and cleaning supplies.

At the shelter, there are cots for people to sleep on, but we're told most flood victims don't want to stay. They say they are afraid their belongings will get stolen.

Despite those fears, neighbors are helping neighbors.

"These are friends, family, neighbors, so it's definitely shocking," said Smith.

All trying to get things back to the way they are supposed to be, one piece at a time.

"You take what life gives you, and you move on," said Sparks.

The American Red Cross Relief Center is located at Faith Temple Church in Bell County, right off Highway 25E.

Meals are available there at any time. They can also provide those affected with financial support if they meet the required criteria.

You can reach them at 606-878-6333.

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