Beattyville nursing home to thank responders for flood rescue efforts

BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Harrowing and historical are two words describing the events on March 1, 2021, in Lee County and Beattyville.

On that day, torrential rains poured down over the area, causing the Kentucky River to swell out of its banks, swallowing businesses, homes, and cars in that short amount of time.

As waters breeched the local water pumping station, waters rose to 6 and 7 feet in some areas, making a curfew and evacuations mandatory for some. But out of all of that, another word came into play: Heroism.

Signature HealthCARE of Lee County was one of the many locations affected by the quickly
rising flood waters. The facility’s leadership had to take quick action for the safety of its residents as flood waters came into the basement of the building.

While no residents lived on the basement level, immediate action had to be taken to move them into another area in our building as a precaution. Thanks to the dedication of  staff and the tireless assistance of Lee County Judge Executive, Chuck Caudill, EMA Director, Jon Allen, and several other community agencies, residents remained safe.

EMA even sent boats and heavy trucks, with the assistance of the Kentucky Department of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, and Lee County road crews, to pick up and deliver the staff to the facility, as their flooded streets prevented them from doing so themselves.

Furthermore, the National Guard, Search and Rescue, and the Lee County Sheriff’s office remained on standby outside the facility with Humvees and specially equipped buses, prepared with a plan for a swift evacuation if needed.

“Needless to say, we want to say ‘thank you’ to all of these heroes as it was an amazing,
collective effort to keep our residents, staff, facility, and community safe! It could not have
been done without you!” the nursing home staff said, announcing a ‘thank you’ celebration from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, at the facility at 246 E. Main Street, in Beattyville.

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