When Rain Falls

Amber Emery

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The weekend of February 10th and 11th brought torrential rain followed by flooding. The rising waters affected the entire county and surrounding counties (Harlan, Knox, Claiborne). Here in Middlesboro, several streets and part of Cumberland Ave were shut down due to flood waters and the levy water rose extremely high. However, the water receded relatively fast and the damage was minimal.

In other parts of the county homes were flooded, mudslides covered and destroyed roadways, cars were washed away, and people were stranded by flood waters. In Harlan County the flood gates were closed because of severely elevated water levels. Into Monday and Tuesday waters receded and people are starting to clean up and assess the damage caused by the flooding. Many homes were destroyed and many families lost things that were dear to them.

Clean up is in progress and recovery efforts are underway. People are doing as they always do when hardship strikes; they’re moving on and picking up the pieces as they go–improving and recovering.

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