Giving thanks to those who helped during flooding

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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A nursing home in Lee County wanted to do something special for the first responders and volunteers who helped during the flooding back in March.

“Because of these people, we were able to keep our 100 patients in this building,” Wilson said.

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Lee County Care and Rehab was the only business that remained open during the flooding in March.

CEO Kaye Wilson says that wouldn’t have been possible without first responders.

“There is nothing we could ever do to repay these people for what they did for us. Not only for us but our people that we take care of that are like our family. I live in the community and I have known some of these patients in the building for my entire life,” Wilson said.

She says thank you to all of those who have helped their community during a difficult time, gathering for a cookout and celebration.

Director of Emergency Management Jon Allen says they appreciate the support.

“Lee County is a very volunteer-oriented community so a lot of these folks are intertwined in our various volunteer agencies so we’re small and we’re family but it is very heartwarming to be appreciated,” Allen said.

He says the last few months have been an emotional roller coaster for those trying to rebuild their homes and businesses.

“But we’re a very resilient community and people have been working hard and we’re coming back with a vengeance. So it’s good to see the positive,” Allen said.

Captain of Search and Rescue Tyler Phillips says they stayed busy during the flooding.

“It just never stopped. The water was rising very fast at the point and got into several other areas and we had more rescues than we had boats available so we were finishing one, loading up, going to another as quickly as we could get there,” Phillips said.

He says it feels good to be appreciated but it’s not why he does the job.

“It’s nice to be recognized but a simple thanks when we’re out doing the job is all we need. We signed up because we wanted to go help in the first place. The recognition was never part of it,” Phillips said.

He says crews continue to help families work with FEMA and insurance.