Volunteers helping clean-up efforts

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

The volunteers on Middle Fork Road in Johnson County Tuesday are part of the Christian Appalachian Project. Some of them will be working in Eastern Kentucky as long as three weeks. They say they'll do whatever it takes to help these storm victims pick up the pieces.

It has been more than one week since an EF-3 tornado tore through Johnson County leaving piles of rubble in its path. Now clean-up efforts are well under way.

Volunteers from the Christian Appalachian Project traveled from all across the country to help.

"Normally we come this time of year to do remodeling and rebuilding, and of course this time we arrived just in time for the storms," said CAP volunteer Phil Davidson.

Most of the volunteers are college students who have traveled from as far as Vermont, Connecticut, Maine, and New Jersey.

"We've been doing cleanup, a lot of destruction. We've been trying to organize it," said Davidson.

They say the damage they have seen in Eastern Kentucky is unimaginable.

"The damage is pretty similar to what we saw at Katrina. It's just terrible," said Davidson.

But they say are happy to lend a helping hand.

"It's great that neighbors are pitching in and helping them out and trying to give some of these people who are now homeless some place to live," said Davidson.

The volunteers say the damage they have seen is just devastating, and they are proud to be able to help people get back on their feet.


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