When you’re not seeing the harsh effects of a natural disaster day in and day out, it’s easy to carry on with your daily routine. Before you know it, days and months have passed.
On July 28, 2022, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency, following deadly and historic flooding in eastern Kentucky. For those surrounded by the remaining devastation or those who lost loved ones, seven months likely feels much longer.
Record flooding killed dozens of people, washed away homes, crumbled roads, and knocked out power and water service.
Within days, emergency response teams, state agencies, disaster relief organizations, utility companies including Louisville Water, and volunteers scattered across the storm-ravaged communities.
Pat Howard, Manager of Engineering Main Replacement & Rehab, was part of the initial Louisville Water team that drove to Hazard in Perry County. He and many others helped assess the damage and map out the logistics to fix it.
While there is still much work to be done, cities and towns are moving forward, one day at a time.
Hazard Mayor, Happy Mobelini, sent Howard a picture of a sign that proudly displays the city’s gratitude for the help Louisville Water provided along with other water companies.
Mobelini said, “This is not much, I just wanted to show y’all this. We appreciate everything y’all did.”
In addition to sending crews to help repair infrastructure and restore water service, Louisville Water set aside $25,000 to benefit flood relief efforts in eastern Kentucky.
Last month, the Foundation for Applachian Kentucky sent a letter to thank us for a $10,000 donation to Appalachian Crisis Aid. The Foundation said the fund, “will continue to provide support to help eastern Kentucky rebuild for years to come.”
If you are interested in donating to flood recovery efforts, here are some helpful links:
- Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund – organized by state government
- Appalachian Crisis Aid Fund – Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
- Flood Relief in Eastern Kentucky – Volunteers of America Mid States
YouTube stories about Louisville Water’s work in eastern Kentucky:
Louisville Water crews help communities hit by eastern Kentucky flood – YouTube
PART 2-Louisville Water crews help communities hit by Eastern Kentucky flood – YouTube
PART 3- Louisville Water wraps up reconstruction efforts in Eastern Kentucky after devastating flood – YouTube