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Woman has to cross a creek on foot to get to home

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A driveway is something many people take for granted. A 72-year-old woman in Letcher County has not had a driveway for some time now because of flooding through the years.

She is forced to walk through a creek just so she can leave her home and having a bridge built to fix the problem is more difficult than it may seem.

All down Kingdom Come Creek Road, bridges connect the road to the houses, but not here where Donia Brashears Day lives.

When she moved here five years ago there was a road connecting her property to the main road, but flood waters have washed it away. She says she used to be able to drive through the creek on some days, but not anymore.

"If you turned in there, you would tear your car to pieces. You'd go straight off into the creek and lots of big rocks," said Brashears.

That leaves only one way for her to leave her home.

Twice a day Ms. Brashears walks across the creek just so she can get to her car. She says after it rains it can be very scary because the current can get very swift.

"I guess it's wear I do it everyday, but I really don't pay any attention to it and walk across there as quickly as I can," said Brashears.

She has tried to contact the county for help, but those efforts have gone nowhere. Judge Executive Jim Ward says it's a private property dispute, and they can not help.

Brashears says all she wants is an easier way to get to her home.

Brashears says she is involved in a property dispute about being able to build a bridge from the road to her property.


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