Kentucky flood victims refuse to leave destroyed homes for fear of looters


“At least half can’t go out to get the things they need,” he said. “You’re stuck in these howlers and you can’t get out.”

Kevin Kelly, a spokesman for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, said the agency’s rescuers delivered more than 1,760 warm trays of food, 500 sandwiches, 39 cases of water, several cases of laundry detergent, cleaning supplies and diapers, as did several air conditioners and generators for Residents in hard-to-reach areas without electricity.

In some cases, rescue workers saddled up and brought food and water on horseback.

For many flood survivors, the cavalry can’t come soon enough.

“They wish they could get out,” Joanne Miller said of her 67-year-old father, Chester Marshall, who is huddled with their teenage son and 5-year-old granddaughter at his Perry County home because flooding wiped out the local street . “They can’t get their car out of the driveway.”

Miller, who is 45 and lives in nearby Breathitt County, said she uses Facebook Messenger to keep in touch with her 18-year-old son, Jacob Marshall, because they don’t have landlines or cellphones.

“I spoke to him this morning,” Miller said. “I told him that hopefully a woman would come by today, and he said, ‘Mom, we could use whatever we can get right now’.”

To add to the misery, the hardest-hit areas of eastern Kentucky like Perry County were expected to be blanketed in high heat and humidity that will feel close to 100 degrees over the next two days.

“It will certainly slow down operations,” said Dustin Jordan of the National Weather Service. “Anytime you have to deal with more heat, you have to move slower, you have to slow down a little bit.”

Beshear echoed this when he announced the opening of eight refrigeration centers where workers will “bring in water truckloads.”

“It’s going to be very, very hot,” Beshear warned. “And this is now our new weather challenge.” Kentucky flood victims refuse to leave destroyed homes for fear of looters

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