EKY leaders teaming up to help flood victim

By: Michelle Heron Email
By: Michelle Heron Email

DUNHAM, Ky. (WYMT)- Carlene Tackett has lived in her Dunham community home for almost one year before losing everything she owns Tuesday night to flash flooding.

“I mean, I lost everything, some things were sentimental. That’s what hurts the most. The sentimental things,” Tackett said.

5th District Magistrate Wayne Fleming says the water came from a state highway that comes to Dunham from McRoberts.

“It crossed the road up there in two different areas. One area it came down where gas wells are and the other area came down in behind the head of the holler,” Fleming said.

Tackett’s home got the worst from that flooding, and that’s why the mayor of Jenkins is teaming up with Fleming to help her get back on her feet.

“I feel like it deserves that personal touch and when they call you, you should respond. You should go take care of business,” Jenkins Mayor JC Kincer said.

Both men are working to get Tackett some new furniture and cleaning supplies, they’re even trying to find her a new home.

“How do you buy new furniture or get something new, refill this house, take all the stuff out, refill it again, just for it to happen again? I don’t want that,” Tackett added.

Fleming is also working to get in touch with the state department to see if they can do something about the runoff from that road.

Mayor Kincer has also helped by putting Tacket in a hotel for the evening.

If you would like to help with donations, you can call Jenkins City Hall at 606-832-2141.

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