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Weekend, but not cleanup, ends in Johnson County

Johnson County, Ky. (WYMT)-- While the waters fell Friday night, the damage they leave behind leaves a long cleaning process for many.

"Try to get this cleaned up and get this behind us," said Chris Adkins, whose home was flooded. "It's all we can do."

The house he shares with relatives, including his mother-in-law saw about four inches of water inside.

He and other tried to get everything they could to higher spots inside the house.

After the waters subsided, they began tearing out carpet that was submerged and throwing out what the floods ruined.

"We ain't stopped," Adkins said. "I had to take time off work to get this cleaned up and try to get the smell out of that house and all the mud out of it."

He credits his community for helping him, including helping his mother through the water as she escaped the home.

"I can see myself helping other people when this does happen, because it's going to happen more, because people's helped me around the neighborhood."

The storms also kept emergency response officials busy.

Gary McClure, director of Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management spent much of Saturday and Sunday surveying the damage.

"In this damage assessment process that, you know, we're in, this information on the local level is being compiled and of course we're working with state emergency management," said McClure.


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