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Flood recovery continues in Prestonsburg

Prestonsburg, Ky. (WYMT)-- People spent Saturday morning cleaning up damage from Friday night's rainstorms.

The water rose on both the front and back of Ron Blankenship's apartment complex, reaching one of his vehicles.

He along with neighbors cleared the drain in the parking lot.

"My battery was dead, so I couldn't get my car moved and it got in the floor."

The complex's parking lot remained caked with mud Saturday morning.

Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin managed to sleep for about one hour, he said, noting his phone had been ringing since Friday night.

"We get another storm in here with a lot of these drain pipes stopped up, and it's just going to tear the blacktop up and we're going to have a lot more slips like this," said Fannin.

He was referring to a slip that led to the grass eroding away in one yard due to flooding.

The flooding also moved a gas meter in the same yard.

If anything good has come of the flooding, it has been a sense of community, according to City Councilman David Gearheart.

"One of the greatest things that I've been able to see today is neighbors helping neighbors," said Gearheart. "I mean, people in times of need in Prestonsburg have really came out to help each other."


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