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Floyd County woman goes into labor during flood

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - It is a story of happiness in a time of fear. Many people in the Big Sandy Region continue to clean up following last Friday's heavy rainfall. One family in the Banner community of Floyd County, has quite a story to one day tell the newest member of their family.

Last Friday evening, Cheyanne Horne, was at her home on Daniels Creek when she knew something was not right.

"I was talking to my mom...then I went into the bathroom and was like I think my water broke," says Horne.

Not due for another couple of weeks, "I thought I was going to go full term...nope, she had other plans."

Going into labor, at the same time Floyd County got pounded with heavy rainfall ..

"So mom called the ambulance, because when we looked outside we couldnt go anywhere," remembers Horne.

With the creek right outside their home well above the road, the ambulance could not reach them. So, the Floyd County Rescue Squad sent a team out, with some members walking about three miles through the water to get to her.

Horne's mom, Loretta Taylor says, "He stood right by her, held her hand the whole time, monitored her contractions, kept her calm...to me he went above and beyond his call of duty."

Around midnight with an SUV and ATVs they were able to get Horne out, into the ambulance, and on the way to the hospital. "I was just hoping there wasn't a home delivery.," says Horne.

Then just a few hours later, a healthy baby girl was born.

The family says they are thankful for both their neighbors help and the hard work of the men and women at the rescue squad. They say without them they are confident this story would have ended a little differently.

"Without them this little girl would've been born at home and we didn't want that to happen," says Taylor. "With friends and family like that ... this is a great community to live in."

serving as a reminder that this communities strength can weather any storm thrown its way

Serving as a reminder that this community's strength can weather any storm thrown its way.

Baby Arianna's dad was trying to get to them but could not because of the flood. He did make it in time to the hospital though.

The baby had her first check up on Thursday ... they say the doctors have already nicknamed the newborn "stormy night."


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