Flash flooding in eastern Kentucky has caused loss of life, major damage, and general disruption for hundreds of families.
Rural communities in Rowan and Johnson counties are some of the hardest hit areas. Joanna King is executive director of the eastern Kentucky Red Cross Chapter. She says aid goes beyond meeting physical needs. "The Red Cross offers mental health counseling for people who are having a rough time with the situation that is going on," said King. "We have volunteers who are trained to assist with that as well."
King says the emphasis right now is on emergency response. She says there will be time later to develop individual recovery plans for impacted families. Emerson Varney is also working with the Red Cross in Paintsville. "There was a story that a man who lived up there who was 79 years old said he'd never in his lifetime seen water like that, in 79 years," Varney said. "He had lived in that area all those years."
Varney says a shelter is set up at the Paintsville Recreation Center. He says churches, caterers, and individuals have made donations. An emergency shelter has also been established in Morehead.