Perry County residents suing a coal company

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

People in one Perry County community are filing a lawsuit against a coal company. They claim the mine is responsible for damage from recent flooding.

30 people in the Lost Creek Community want compensation for damage from flooding on June 20th. Their attorney says the residents believe Frasure Creek Mining, LLC. is responsible for damage to their homes and water supply.

What used to be a beautiful garden has turned to a coal-filled pile of dirt.

"It was just a matter of seconds. You know it took us years of hard work to get it the way we want it," said Ovilla Gayhart who lives in Lost Creek.

Now, Gayhart and her family are trying to clean up what's left of her yard.

"You can see it took all of our grass and destroyed all of our landscaping," said Gayhart.

Gayhart said her property was damaged when water and mud came rushing down a hill. Now, her and some other people from the community are filing a complaint against a coal company.

30 people in the Lost Creek Community are suing Frasure Creek Mining, LLC. for damages from June 20th's flood.

"They have actually been cited by the state for silt ponds. And according to all my clients in the area, a silt pond failed and caused a tremendous amount of flooding," said attorney Ned Pillersdorf.

Pillersdorf says the main concern is the damage to the water supply in that area.

"There is a Kentucky law that says if some mining company damages your water you are entitled to 20 years free water," said Pillersdorf.

As for Ovilla Gayhart, she just wants her yard back to the way it was.

We tried to contact Frasure Creek Mining Company, but no one was available for comment.

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