As flood cleanup starts, churches are planning to help

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – The long-process of cleanup has started in Johnson County after deadly flash flooding earlier this week.

With no shortage of help being offered, some Central Kentucky church and organizations want to make sure their help is needed. Many of them are still in the planning process to make sure they send the supplies that will be most valuable.

An estimated 150 homes are damaged or destroyed in the Flat Gap community, the area hardest hit.

Donations are being collected at Johnson Central High School in Paintsville. Disaster relief teams say they do not need clothes but are desperate for things like cleaning supplies and baby items.

Jim Morse, disaster response coordinator for the annual conference of the United Methodist Church, says planning is the best thing people can do before the send help.

“Learning what the specific needs are, knowing where to take them to make sure that there is a mechanism to distribute them,” said Morse. “Is extremely critical to provide efficient help and not become part of an additional disaster.”

Morse says the cleanup could take years and the United Methodist Churches are ready to help until it is all done.

The Red Cross has trained volunteers in Johnson County. It is not collecting supplies but says monetary donations will be helpful.

Items can be dropped off at Johnson Central High School until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, and on Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Items needed include:
•Baby diapers
•Baby food
•Baby formula
•Baby wipes
•Non-perishable food items
•Contact solution
•Personal care items
•Toilet paper
•Paper towels
•Hand sanitizer
•First Aid care items
•Flash lights
•Rubber boots
•Rubber gloves
•Clorox Wipes
•Bug Spray
•Cleaning supplies
•Mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans

Johnson Central High School is located at 257 Noth Mayo Trail, Paintsville, KY 41240

For any questions about donations, or to learn more about how you can help, please call 792-5171.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) and WSIP (98.9 FM) will broadcast an Operation Helping Hands Radiothon on Saturday, July 18 from noon to 6 p.m.

All proceeds from the radiothon will go to the Johnson County Long-Term Recovery Group. The group associates with community volunteers and leaders, bringing together the means to re-establish normalcy in the lives of those affected by disasters.

In addition to the radiothon, collection bins have been placed at Food City locations in Paintsville and Prestonsburg for non-perishable food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

For more information on the radiothon, contact Joshua Ball, director of college relations, at (606) 889-4703 or email

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