Emergency management officials working on flooding damage assessments in hard-hit Estill County

Published: Mar. 5, 2021 at 11:46 AM EST
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ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Countless areas have been impacted by this week’s flooding.

One place that was hit especially hard is Estill County. The flooding closed down roads and left many with their homes and businesses underwater.

According to the deputy director of Estill County Emergency Management, Lucas Barnes two main highways were shut down for a significant period of time, Kentucky 52 and Kentucky 89.

Barnes says approximately 200 to 250 structures have been damaged.

He says explains the initial clean-up will take a few weeks, but that’s just the start. He says there will be long-term impacts.

This weekend’s priority is damage assessments, which involve going to impacted neighborhoods to survey who still needs help. Then, Barnes says there will be a better idea of where to send donations and volunteers.

“Our community comes together every time something like this takes place,” Barnes said. “We live in my opinion in the best place in the United States for that. It’s been amazing the amount of donations that have come in and the volunteers that have already said they will help or are currently helping.”

Father and son Paul and Caden Arvin are one family suffering in the aftermath of this week’s historic flooding.

“I lost everything inside the house. It went up probably about 3 feet inside the house all the way through, so I’ve lost everything,” Paul Arvin says.

“It all seemed surreal it really did and I’m still wrapping my mind around everything going on, I was really upset about it too, me and dad were,” Caden Arvin says.

But a silver lining for the Arvin family. Caden’s teammates and coaches on the Estill County High School football and basketball teams are rallying together to volunteer their time.

“Mr. Arvin called me and said we need help and I said, ‘well that’s where we’re going, to take care of family,’” says head football coach Jordan Marcum.

“This is just a great time to be able to come together and it takes a village and that’s what we are trying to do right now,” says head basketball coach Jon Bentley.

Despite all they have lost, the help is leaving the Arvin family feeling one thing...

“Blessed, I mean to have all these people around to work and help, I mean I’m blessed to have all of these people around me,” Caden says.

Barnes says one thing they’re hoping to do, coordinate these donations and volunteers. He says if you’re interested in helping out, you can find more information on the Estill County Emergency Management Facebook page.

You can also go there to report any damages due to the flooding.

Barnes says only a handful of roads are still impassable.

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