This is a call to action to help a retired truck driver in Kentucky whose home was recently engulfed by flood waters. There’s a plan to get this driver a place to live, but we need some good Samaritans to help make it happen.
The flood of 2022 will be one to remember in Appalachia
On July 28, over 8 inches of rain poured out of the sky overnight, causing flash floods you only see once in 100 years. There was catastrophic flooding in portions of eastern Kentucky’s Perry, Knott and Breathitt counties.
Hundreds of bridges were damaged or destroyed. A great deal of Appalachian history was washed away as 100-year-old homes were flooded when waters rose six to eight feet out of their banks.
That brings us to the story of Larry, a 62-year-old retired trucker who was living in a cabin along Quicksand Creek. The creek runs alongside Kentucky Route 542 in Breathitt County.
Flood waters from the creek engulfed his cabin, pick-up and ATVs. In an interview with WYMT Mountain News, Larry showed the watermarks on his cabin and the damage to his vehicles.
We have the plan, all we need is some help
Larry is currently living in a tent in his yard. He is disabled with an injured back. He has filed for FEMA assistance, but we know the wheels of government turn slowly for some.
The Red Cross is providing food and some supplies, but what Larry needs is a proper roof over his head.
Alex Mai of the Asian Mai Show highlighted the situation and one of his viewers has donated a camper for Larry to live in. The Chevrolet camper van is currently in Florida and needs to be transported to Kentucky.
There is a viewer who is going to cover the cost of fuel, so I am asking for some volunteers to step forward and help the driver out. Most likely we will need a trailer with a winch since the van is currently not drivable.
The van might be serviceable, since most likely it has a 350 L65 engine. That motor is well-known to classic enthusiasts and hot rodders.
Let’s all do what we can for this driver and see if we can get Larry out of the tent and into something more stable.