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Kentuckians still stuck in campers and sheds 5 months after flooding | #schoolshooting | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


LITTCARR, Ky. — When cars aren’t roaring past, the only noise audible from Donna Roark’s driveway is water dripping from a culvert across the road. 

One night in late July, Roark awoke to find floodwater shooting out of it like a firehose. It was a miracle her home survived, she said.

For the past five months, Roark has helped survivors who were less fortunate rebuild and restock.  She’s watched FEMA processes drudge on for months, outside help dwindle, the temperatures drop while safe, warm housing remained scarce. 

Despite persistent, pressing needs, leaders didn’t appear to have a game plan for now or the future. A region seemingly left out to dry.

So, when Gov. Andy Beshear arrived just a few miles up the road Tuesday and announced a vision for long-term recovery, Roark was happy — to an extent. 

“It’s great that our officials have A LONG TERM Plan!” she wrote in a message. “But these people needed a plan months ago and look where they still are.”

An untold number of Eastern Kentucky residents — perhaps thousands — are still displaced or living in inadequate housing five months after flash flooding tore through the area. Some have even had to live in tents.

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