Middlesboro flood victims rush to get into homes before winter

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Months after the Middlesboro flood many families are still without permanent homes. Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency was recently awarded a small amount of grant money. They hope it will speed up the cleanup process.

"I look at the worst and hope for the best," said Jim Mullins.

In June we first introduced you to Mullins. He and his wife lost their home in the Middlesboro flood.

"It's been rough on me, but I've been staying here taking care of everything," said Mullins.

There's still lots of mud everywhere. But all that paste has a purpose.

"I've had dozers in here, backhoes in here working on it," said Mullins.

A trailer will be here right on time. All the groundwork is already done.

"It's not going to be in the flood plain. We're going to get it out of the flood zone. We've got it sitting up," said Mullins.

Mullins plans to put a new trailer feet above the ground.

He and his wife are trying to make the move before it gets too cold. They've been living in an enclosed porch for months and using a small stove to stay warm.

"I've been keeping a little fire in there," said Mullins.

"We need to get them back into a house, instead of living out of two rooms. They need to be living in a home," said Norman Cornelius, with Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency.

Cornelius said many people do not realize how many flood victims are still displaced. The agency is working to get all flood victims in more permanent homes before the winter hits.

"They're seeing and making sure that I got the right deal on everything," said Mullins.

Mullins said it will be a relief when things are finally normal again. His one wish for the next few months is to be able to say he's home for the holidays.

"I hope I have it in here by Christmas anyhow and set up," said Mullins.

Mullins hopes to have the trailer in the next couple of weeks.

Representatives from Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency spent Friday afternoon meeting with other residents who are still not back in their homes.

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