Repairs made to flood damaged roads

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

GOOSE CREEK, Ky. (WYMT) - Some people in Eastern Kentucky were able to leave their homes today for the first time since flash flooding one week ago left them stranded.

It has been one week since Hobert Jackson has left his home in the Goose Creek area of Clay County.
His bridge and driveway was washed out by flash floods.

“I was a little bit worried because I can hardly walk, and what was I going to do? I can't walk around the hill I can’t go around or nothing,” says Jackson.

County road crews have temporarily fixed all damaged roads and bridges including Jackson's.
Who says it was painful to watch his recently black topped road float away.

“It took us 30 years to get a couple hundred foot of black top, and it got washed out the first year,” says Jackson.

However, he says that driveways like his, that run over goose creek need to be fixed with more than just gravel, so that damage like this won't happen again.

Officials say there is still a lot of permanent work to be done, and are in need of financial aid in order to do it.

“We are trying to reach out and of course get state and federal aid, we are hoping to get that but there is no guarantee,” says Emergency Management Director David Watson.

Officials say they expect nearly 2 million dollars in future aid.

Officials say there has been a large amount of community help and donations given to aid in the recovery.

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