Students return to school in flood-devastated Knott County

Students return to school in flood-devastated Knott County
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 11:02 AM EDT
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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - An eastern Kentucky school district devastated by flooding welcomed students back Monday.

Knott County Schools was supposed to open in August month but the flooding delayed that for almost a month.

Hindman Elementary, like so so many others around Troublesome Creek, suffered a lot of damage and it took a massive effort to get things going.

The first day of school always brings a lot of excitement, and Monday was even more special based on what happened in the Knott County community in late July.

“The night before the flood my classroom was pretty much ready to go. We had 20 minutes and we were turn-key finished. It was devastating to think that water filled our buildings and our classrooms. It’s something that you can never imagine,” said kindergarten teacher Holly Slone.

Teachers say the floodwater destroyed everything in the school. School leaders say a combination of donations and helping hands helped them get students back in the classroom.

Governor Andy Beshear also came to Knott County on Monday to deliver a half million dollars appropriated from the General Assembly’s flood relief bill.

“Is available to help counties and cities, especially when they have to make major expenditures, either awaiting reimbursement or struggling with reimbursements to meet the needs of the communities,” Gov. Beshear said.

Gov. Beshear says this will not be the only time money is delivered to Knott County. He says he believes the flooding likely caused more than a billion dollars in damages to Eastern Kentucky.

Gov. Beshear also said each recipient who received federal flood assistance will also receive individual assistance from the Team Eastern Kentucky Fund.