Gas vouchers a welcome surprise for Breathitt Co. flood victims

Recovery and relief efforts continue in hard-hit Breathitt County.
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 11:57 AM EDT
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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Recovery and relief efforts continue in hard-hit Breathitt County.

Nearly 1,500 people are without power and hundreds are without their homes.

The community has come together quickly. Salvation Army volunteers are starting to feed hot lunches in Jackson. Salvation Army Captain Kevin Justice says they’ve fed thousands in Jackson alone since Friday.

On the other side of the parking lot, the Conservation Office is handing out cleaning supplies and gas and propane vouchers to people still without power. They’re funded through the county right now. Handing out buckets full of cleaning supplies and mops.

Those vouchers seem to be one of the nicest surprises for the people in line.

People in line shared their stories of loss with each other. One woman said her house was hit but is still standing, but her pregnant daughter lost everything. Others share hugs in line reuniting with neighbors they hadn’t seen since Thursday.

“Last flood, got three foot in the house. This one, got seven foot. It ripped the bookshelves anchored to the wall. Took the sectional, twisted it and ripped it apart. Took the refrigerators and freezers. Just flipped them over sideways, upside down,” said Nolan Herald.

The office says that they’ve handed out more than $1,000 in vouchers in just an hour.

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