As clean-up continues three days after deadly flooding, Nicholas victims grateful

NICHOLAS COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Thursday night, many parts of central and eastern Kentucky experienced strong storms. Nicholas County experienced severe flooding which left one person dead and dozens of others still cleaning up days later.

“It came sudden. We had a lot of water in less than an hour and a half, two hours,” says Wayne Shields, Nicholas County resident.

Community members say despite the area not being in a flood zone, many homes and businesses were devastated by flash flooding. Shields’ home was significantly damaged. He says he has lived in his home for 45 years. His daughters say they were raised there and the house held a lot of memories.

Shields says while the flood damage has been horrible for many, surrounding counties have donated their time and supplies as well as organizing cleanup efforts. Shields says what many people need right now is cleaning supplies so they can start to recover from the unexpected devastation.

“The community has really come together. It’s been unreal,” says Shields. “Take it a day at a time, thank God for what I got, and let it go.”

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