Flood victims begin picking up pieces

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UPDATED: 4/18/2013 @ 5:29pm
KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Water covered many roads, trapped people in their homes, and even forced some rescues.

Emergency crews say Wednesday’s flooding in Knox County likely caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.

The small congregation of Jeff's Creek Baptist Church has a lot of questions about what the future holds.

The usual peaceful creek beside the building became a rushing river that knocked the building off its foundation and covered the inside with mud.

Cleaning what they can and questioning what the future holds. But pastor A Y Mills isn't questioning why it happened.

“The Lord knows what he's doing,” Mills said.

Mills believes a greater purpose is behind the pain.

“It's something we don't understand, about all I can say is God knows best. He may have something better for us,” Mills said.

Elsewhere in Knox County the rapids are once again trickling streams and people like Daniel Smith are picking up the pieces.

“Had a quarter of an inch of mud in the floor. It's dry but the floor is puckering up, bowing up,” Smith said.

The flood damaged roads, knocked out bridges, and culverts. Many don't have insurance, but they haven't lost hope.

Most of the flood waters have receded and all the main roads closed during the flooding have since re-opened.
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DeWitt, Ky. (WKYT) - Mills Creek....became more of rushing river Tuesday morning.

Patsy Brown was stranded. Unable to cross a bridge to get home. Emergency officials say more than a thousand were in similar situations in the north-eastern corner of Knox County.

"And then I'm worried about the church, it looks like there's water in the church, and there's a trailer, looks like water is in it," said Brown.

Ky. 223 was covered in numerous spots. Some tried to cross it, others turned around. It made it difficult for emergency crews to get to three people trapped in their car trying to cross a road.

"This is the first time we've ever had this much water in one time," said Brown.

The flooding was so severe that even our crew from WKYT could not get to the hardest hit areas.

Wendell Daniels let our Phil Pendleton ride with him but soon the flood waters became too much for his 4 wheel drive truck.

"I didn't think I'd be able to come up this far...this much water," said Daniels.

Others found an easier path in a 4 wheeler.

"It's worse up on Road Fork, trailers off their foundations and everything," said Steve Smith.

Emergency officials say all their rescues were successful and no one was hurt.


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