Kentucky flood survivors say there was no time to escape the deluge

Tales of survival emerged from flood victims in Kentucky who were roused from sleep by alerts and quickly found themselves trapped in their homes.

LEBURN, Ky. — As the floodwaters receded, tales of survival emerged Tuesday from victims who were roused from sleep by alerts and quickly found themselves trapped in their homes by floating furniture blocking the doors.

They described the experience as surreal, recalling how they had to ford through waist-deep water to reach loved ones only to be turned back by the swift current or watch as trucks and uprooted trailers were swept away.

Many said everything they owned was either taken or destroyed by the deluge.

Teresa Reynolds sits exhausted as members of her community clean the debris Saturday from their flood-ravaged homes at Ogden Holler in Hindman, Ky. Timothy D. Easley / APA Knott County emergency vehicle gathers debris Tuesday in the flooded Troublesome Creek in downtown Hindman, Ky. Michael Swensen for NBC News“All we have is clothes we are wearing,” said John Whitaker, a retiree who lived with his wife, Susie, in their now-ruined home in Hindman for less than a year. “Everything else was in the house. Everything is covered in mud.”

Larry Miller, 62, who has lived in Hindman his entire life, said he left his house reluctantly when the floodwaters were lapping at his door.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/kentucky-flood-survivors-say-was-no-time-escape-deluge-rcna41152


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