Mudslide topples Floyd County home

By: Eric Eckstrom Email
By: Eric Eckstrom Email

TRAM, Ky. (WYMT) - One family in the Tram community of Floyd County says they are picking up the pieces after a mudslide during Friday's storms pushed their trailer home off its foundations.

Juanita Yeager says it was an evening she will never forget, beginning around 9:30 p.m. when she stepped outside to get a shovel.

"It sounded like an airplane just going right over the top of the house, and I turned around and the mud just fell, and then I just watched the house slide over, and I started screaming," she said.

The rain caused a large mudslide to push the nearly 15-year-old home off its foundations.

Yeager was home alone at the time, and says she ran through the pouring rain to her brother Eddie Burchett's house, just down the street.

"I heard her screaming and I didn't know what was going on and we come up here and it was just a disaster," Burchett said.

The home now rests crooked and broken, but family members say the biggest challenge is still in front of them, as they now face thousands in property damage without flood insurance, something they say their high ground property led them to believe they would never need.

"It hurts, you know it will take a little while to get over it, but I still have to, you know, you have to move on," said Eddie Burchett, Sr.

Family members say they plan to speak with county officials about recovery assistance.

For now, they say they are taking comfort by the fact that no one was hurt.

Family members say they will be staying with relatives until the home can be repaired.

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