Letcher County residents try to save their homes after flooding

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ISOM, Ky. (WYMT) – Mud blanketed the ground inside and outside Letcher County, after floodwaters left behind destruction for homeowners to clean up.

“As you can see, it’s mud and mud. We have a fridge that you don’t want to use that’s completely knocked over,” said Charlotte Breeding, a flood victim in Isom, pointing to the mud in her garage.

Homeowners worked day and night to clear debris from their homes. Many homes have trash piled up ready to be taken away.

“These debris here. From where I’m standing right here, it came out the front of my garage,” said Katrina Tilley, a flood victim at McRoberts.

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The memories washed away are some of the most difficult to deal with, but the Breeding family also lost their pets to the floods.

“Our sons were able to crawl under and my son-in-law retrieved their bodies because they were trapped under our house,” Breeding said.

The damage was difficult to deal with, preventing them from tackling a few tasks for fear of bursting into tears again.

“[I] store clothes in there, you know yourself and everything in there. I can’t even open the door to see, I’m going to have to throw it all away,” Tilley said.

Both Tilley and Breeding said their home insurance won’t cover flood damage, so they need as much help as possible.

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