Lancaster Man’s Home And Car Swept Away In Kentucky River

Reported by: Ellen Bryan
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Updated: 2/05 11:21 pm

A man said he lost everything he owned after Garrard County was hit hard by the rain overnight on Wednesday.

Robert Ruddy lives right by the Kentucky River. When it flooded it uprooted his mobile home and swept it away down the river.

Ruddy said he tried to save his car, but it was submerged in the water before he could get it to higher ground.

“It broke my heart,” said the Forks Dix River Baptist Church Pastor Cole Caven. “His story was very compelling.”

The chapter of Ruddy’s story in Kentucky started eight years ago, and throughout his time here, the Kentucky River hasn’t been very good to him.

He said he moved to Kentucky to repair a boat. The river overturned and destroyed that boat in a flood a few years ago.

Then last night, Ruddy watched his home be dragged away by the river’s current and his car covered by the water. Ruddy said he’s left with only the clothes on his back.

“We went to get him and brought him back here and let him go through the clothes here,” said Caven.

Ruddy has also contacted other local organizations for help getting back on his feet. However, he doesn’t know what his future looks like right now.

Caven said, “We told him if he ever needed anything to call us and we would do whatever we could for him.”

Ruddy is staying with friends tonight, but Garrad County currently has three warming shelters to help people who need a place to stay.

The Lancaster Baptist Life Center at 201 Richmond St.

The Forks of Dix River Baptist Church at 5764 Lexington Rd.

Lancaster Methodist Church at 200 Stanford St.

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