Flooding cleanup continues in Clay County; two new FEMA centers open

Clay County Emergency Management Director David Watson says they are making progress.
Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 11:40 AM EDT
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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - The cleanup continues all over Eastern Kentucky.

Clay County Emergency Management Director David Watson says they are making progress. The community of Bull Skin, near Oneida, is where most of the devastating flooding happened.

The Bull Skin community lost two people to the flood. An 81-year-old woman and a 76-year-old man were killed when they were washed out of their homes.

One homeowner told us there was five feet of water inside the home. He says they have had water inside before, but nothing like this.

It’s the same story all over Clay County.

People are taking everything out of the homes and cutting the drywall up. It all has to go so it can dry out then they can rebuild.

Watson says people are staying in campers, motels, and wherever they can find a place. He says 95 percent of their homes have been cleaned out since the flooding happened.

A Disaster Recovery Center is currently open in Clay County at Oneida Elementary School. It will close on 4 p.m. on August 15.

FEMA also announced two more centers opened up Wednesday.

Center locations:

  • Breathitt County: Breathitt Library – 1024 College Ave, Jackson, KY 41339
  • Letcher County: Letcher County Recreation Center – 1505 Jenkins Rd., Whitesburg, KY 41858

Already Open:

  • Perry County: Hazard Community College –1 Community College Dr., Hazard KY 41701
  • Knott County: Knott County Sport Plex - 450 Kenny Champion Loop #8765 Leburn, KY 41831

Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Survivors in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, Owsley, Perry, Pike and Whitley counties can go to any center to get help with applications for federal assistance. They also can help update applications with additional information that FEMA requires and they can help with appeals of FEMA decisions.

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