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Cleanup continues two weeks after flooding in Lee County

While cleanup continues, groups from all over the U.S. have come in to help out in Beattyville.
While cleanup continues, groups from all over the U.S. have come in to help out in Beattyville.(WKYT)
Published: Mar. 17, 2021 at 3:41 PM EDT
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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - In Lee County, several businesses remain closed along Main Street and many people are still without a home after the devastating flooding two weeks ago. While cleanup continues, groups from all over the U.S. have come in to help out in Beattyville.

As home and business owners continue to clean up what’s left behind, signs of the devastating flood earlier this month still remain, with mud layering the sidewalks and lines still visible on many shop windows showing just how high the water once was.

Just off Main Street, belongings and debris sit outside of trailer homes that were condemned due to the extensive damage. But in this time, where hope is hard to find, a group of volunteers from all over the U.S. have come in to help out wherever they can.

“When someone experiences a natural disaster, they feel hopeless and so when we go into a community, we try to bring hope, that’s why the name ‘Eight Days of Hope.’ We are Christ centered so we want to spread of the love of Jesus by actually physically helping people,” said Chad Stutzman with the organization Eight Days of Hope.

Eight Days of Hope says they’re planning to be here until Saturday and they hope to clean up as many places as possible within that time.

Many business owners in the area say that even if they’re able to restore everything back to normal, it will still likely be several weeks before that work is complete so they can fully re-open.

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