Southeastern Kentucky braces for another round of flooding


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Southeastern Kentucky hasn’t recovered from Thursday floods yet and the next round is back Sunday night.

Friday, the governor declared a state of emergency in eight counties and three cities.

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There were mudslides, un-crossable streets, creeks overflowing all across the southeast.

In Harlan county on Sunday, a truck of donations came in from Appalachian Ministries of the Carolinas, a non-profit based in South Carolina.

With Love From Harlan helped organize those donations as well as serve meals to anyone displaced.

Many counties are asking for donations to help with flood cleanup like mops, bleach, and gloves, to name a few.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley posted on Facebook some words of encouragement as people brace for round two.

“We will rise higher from this than any flood waters, because nothing can keep us down when we help each other,” he said.



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