The Tri-State Building and Construction Trades Council stepped up to help Kentucky flood victims by donating $25,000 in funds and supplies to those affected in Floyd and Knott Counties.
Between July 25 and July 30of this year, heavy rain caused many to lose their homes—and in the worst cases their lives—in Kentucky and throughout other parts of Appalachia. Over this five-day period, some Kentucky residents experienced rainfall upwards of 14-16 inches, which led to severe flash flooding.
Reports to local authorities estimate that over 10,000 homes were either damaged or completely destroyed and 39 individuals lost their lives as a result of the tragic flash flooding throughout the region.
In the aftermath of the storms, record numbers of requests for aid have come from area residents.
Upon seeing all the requests for aid from local residents, Holbrook and members of the Tri-State Trades immediately came together to provide supplies for those in need.
“We brought generators, fans, and other items we believed would help get folks back on their feet,” said John Holbrook, Business Manager for the Tri-State Building and Construction Trades. “To see all the piles of debris that were once families’ homes, and to know many lost everything they had, was heart wrenching.”
“We’re thankful we could do something to help them with the rebuilding process. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this disaster,” said Holbrook.