Power and water restored in Magoffin County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The power and water is back on in Magoffin County. Officials say this could help speed up recovery efforts.

Water pumps are working again at the Salyersville Water Treatment Plant. The plant suffered heavy damage in last Friday's EF-3 tornado, but in one week it has a new roof, generators, and replaced equipment.

"That was the first thing we had to do was get the electric power back and get water to the people. You got to have that," said Salyersville Mayor Pete Shepherd.

The boil water advisory is lifted in Magoffin County.

Officials say the power is back on throughout the county, except for the places too damaged to hook up to electric.

"Everyone pulled together. We got a plan. We knew what we were going to do, and it's unbelievable how much we have been able to do. It's also scary how much we've still got to do," said Magoffin County Judge-Executive Charles "Doc" Hardin.

"It's a work in progress. Every day gets better," said Mayor Shepherd.

Officials say some landline phones are still down in the county, but cell phones work.

The sewer plant still needs repairing and many city storage buildings and city equipment are destroyed.

The Health Department is repaired and operating.

All roads are open.

"We're going to have chronic problems for a long time, but everybody's up and working," said Hardin.

Officials say it will take months or even years for those who lost everything to recover.

On Friday, Magoffin County was added to President Obama's federal disaster declaration. Those affected by the storms can apply for federal assistance.

Assistance for individuals can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Recovery centers will also be set up in affected areas to assist those residents in person.

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