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Johnson County Flooding Statement


July 17, 2015


Extreme flash floods on Monday, July 13, have left several communities in Johnson County, Ky., devastated. Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and tremendous damage has been done. The impacted communities, and all of Johnson County, will feel the emotional damage of this disaster for years to come.


Johnson County has been home to a MACED office for 10 years, and as a community partner there, we feel this tragedy acutely. We have heard stories of great heroism by every day eastern Kentuckians who risked their lives to save others. We have also heard desperate stories of families who lost everything. In this time of great despair, we wish to send our deepest condolences to those who lost family members, and we wish to declare our commitment to helping the affected communities rebuild – especially with long-term efforts to restore local businesses that may have been impacted. All of Johnson County is in our thoughts and prayers.


There are several ways in which donations can be made. Here is information about two of them:


Johnson County Long Term Recovery: Donations can be mailed to Johnson County Fiscal Court, P.O. Box 868, Paintsville, KY 41240.


Big Sandy Community and Technical College and local Johnson County radio station, WSIP, will host the Operation Helping Hands Radiothon on Saturday, July 18 from 12p.m. to 6p.m. All proceeds will go toward the Johnson County Long Term Recovery fund. More information can be found on their website: http://bigsandy.kctcs.edu/News%20and%20Events/newsItem?id={97E74751-19AB-4A84-B701-694A0692CB7E}


The Berea College Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is accepting donations of several necessary items in conjunction with the University of Kentucky Appalachian Center. Drop-offs can be made at either center until July 22. For more information about what items are most needed, please contact UK Appalachian Center Assistant Director Shane Barton at jsba224@uky.edu.