Locals in Jenkins working hard to repair town after flooding

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 5:40 PM EDT
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JENKINS, Ky. (WYMT) - People in the Jenkins community are working day and night to clean up homes and streets in the town after the flooding.

“This looks incredibly pristine now compared to what it has been the last couple days. Road crew and the residents here have worked together to clean up the road to at least make it passable,” Jenkins City Police Chief James Stephens said while looking at a street leading through a neighborhood.

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City workers have even used their off-days to help clean up the streets in Jenkins.

“Once they know their family is okay, they’re going out without pay, without any kind of compensation the pride of a job well done and helping your community and their sense of duty,” Stephens said.

The optimism is slightly overshadowed by rainfall that has continued off and on since the flood hit.

“The debris we’ve been trying to clear as much as we can as quickly as we can. If you look to you’re right you’ll see how quickly the creek is rising now. Last night that was not like that,” Stephens said looking at water starting to creep over a bridge.

Stephens said he recommends everyone stay off the roads as much as possible so workers can continue cleaning. He also said the Elkhorn Lake Dam is not about to break, despite rumors that it might collapse soon.

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