Recovery still continues in Breathitt County after deadly flooding

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Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 3:37 PM EDT
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BREATHITT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - It has been a long two months or so for Betty Noble of Lost Creek, but she said she is so grateful.

“It’s been such a blessing to have all the people that came in and tried to help,” she said.

The late July flood put three feet of water in her home, despite that same creek now just a gentle trickle outside.

A flood that nearly took all her animals and did take the lives of some of her neighbors.

“Water just came up so fast, like a big wave. We stayed in the house,” she said. “My granddaughter sat on the back of the couch until it got daylight.”

They have been living in a trailer, but the painting and finishing touches are being put on the inside of the house that never saw anything like this in 22 years.

“I consider myself very blessed because I have people that came to help,” she added. “There were people who didn’t make it, passed away.”

“There are a few houses that need complete muck outs, and a lot that need a little extra work to get them completely done,” said Scott McReynolds with the Housing Development Alliance.

The Housing Development Alliance serves the hardest hit counties of Perry, Breathitt, Knott, and Letcher. It believes the process to get everyone back to normal could take 5 to 7 years.

“There are people living in tents, there are people in campers and cars,” he said. “And some living in houses that were flooded and in some cases have not been mucked out. We see people living in homes that have mold all over the walls.”

Overall 1,900 homes need major work and officials are hoping for all the help and funding they can get. Betty Noble is thankful for what has come her way.

“Getting it all fixed, so I don’t have to live in a camper, or live with somebody else,” said Noble.