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Recovery Work Continues in Johnson County


Cleanup and recovery efforts are likely to be ongoing in Johnson County for several months. At least three people have died in this week’s flash flooding and more than a hundred have lost their homes.

Judge Executive Tucker Daniel says the assistance being provided to his community from state and federal agencies is much appreciated.

“It’s been a struggle trying to handle all of the details of everything that’s involved. We’ve been very fortunate, we have some very professional first-response people and we’ve done as good a job as we possibly can do, but we certainly appreciate all the help that we’ve got.”

Collection bins have been placed at Food City locations in Painstville and Prestonsburg for non-perishable food items, toiletries and cleaning supplies.

A fundraiser is being held on Saturday, July 18 for the victims of the Johnson County flood. It’s called “Operation Helping Hands” and it’s a radiothon hosted by Big Sandy Community and Technical College and WSIP-FM. The Paintsville station will broadcast the appeal from noon to 6:00PM.

All the proceeds from the radiothon will go to the Recovery Group, which is partnering with volunteers and community leaders to provide relief for those victimized by this week’s storm. 

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