Knott County officials discuss holiday plans for flood victims

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Published: Oct. 30, 2022 at 7:18 PM EDT
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KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Dozens of families are living at the Carr Creek Campground and the Mine Made Adventure Park following July’s devastating flood.

Brian and Brandy Smith have been living at Carr Creek Campground with their three kids and pets for three months.

“Our main goal would be to get in a home before Christmas,” said Brandy Smith.

Although the Smiths hope to be out by the holidays, they know the community has their back in creating a joyful Christmas for their kids.

“If we’re here, we’ll make the best of it,” said Brian Smith. “We’ll make sure that our kids have the best Christmas that we can provide for them. The school systems stepping up, the county, the churches, everybody’s just stepping up to make sure these kids are somewhat back to normal.”

Knott County officials are working to make things comfortable for them, especially as the holidays draw near.

Knott County Judge-Executive Jeff Dobson said several community organizations and church groups hope to step up to help these communities experience a joyful Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“They’re still trying to come out of this shell shock from losing their homes and maybe even a family member, but we’re gonna make sure that we provide something for all of these families and all of these kids,” said Dobson. “No one is gonna be left without.”

Dobson added while several flood victims are transitioning into permanent housing, there is no definite timeline as to how long people will be living at these two Knott County locations.