Congressman Hal Rogers visits flood impacted places in Eastern Kentucky

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 12:39 PM EST
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JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - It was a big day Friday at Breathitt County High School as Congressman Hal Rogers and other government leaders visited to assess the flooding damage and determine where to distribute donations.

“It shows what true Eastern Kentuckians are made of. We care for our neighbors and we love our neighbors. We realize we are all creatures of God and we must take care of each other,” said Congressman Rogers.

Operation UNITE set up an account for monetary donations to assist with immediate needs like water, cleaning supplies, and clothes. Laurel County business owner Bill Deaton donated $50,000 to the relief effort. Another organization added a $10,000 donation.

Nancy Hale, the president of Operation UNITE, said that events like this help bring communities together.

“We have pallets and pallets of water and sanitary wipes and other cleaning supplies and we actually have two trucks,” said Hale.

Another appearance was that of former United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft and her husband Joe Craft. They brought a trailer full of items for children affected by the flooding.

“UNITE gave us a list and the Breathitt County superintendent was amazing. He got with the schools that were in the most need with children. So we took the last of the four different schools and we were at Target and Walmart with our team and we were just delighted to be able to give back,” said Kelly Craft.

Joe Craft felt a bond with the children affected while delivering donations, as it brought back heartbreaking memories.

“I’m from Hazard and I experienced the flood of 1957 and I mean we lost everything. I remember as a child we lost all of my puzzles. That was the worst thing in my life at the time.” said Joe Craft.

National guardsmen unloaded pallets of water and meals for people in the county.

One word did ring true from the event: United.

“We have witnessed tragedies, but we have witnessed heroic acts of kindness. There is no better place than to really shine those heroic acts in Kentucky,” said Kelly Craft.

“That’s especially true in Eastern Kentucky. The way that people have poured their hearts into helping those in trouble here,” said Congressman Rogers.

Breathitt County is one of the many stops Congressman Rogers made on Friday. He also visited Owsley and Lee County.

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