The Team Eastern Kentucky flood relief fund is still accepting donations almost a year after the devastating floods in eastern Kentucky.
$10,000 was contributed to the fund by workers at Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits in Jeffersontown.
When accepting the gift, Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman said it was a significant occasion for the neighborhood and the hurting families.
"I believe they have come to terms with the fact that they won't have to worry about their dread of forgetfulness. Coleman remarked, "Not only because of our administration but because of individuals all around Kentucky. "The way we've shown up for our neighbors has been nothing short of extraordinary, and it still happens a year later. That's very unique.
Numerous fundraising events were held by the staff, including the production and sale of a cookbook.
Over 41,500 individuals and groups from all over the world have donated over $13 million so far.
On the fund's website, it is stated that donations and pledges made from the fund include $440,000 for funeral costs for the families of the deceased, $4 million in $500 checks for survivors who have been approved for any level of FEMA assistance, and more than $1 million committed for home construction ($975,000 for new homes and $200 000 for repairs).
The transport department has been working to clear the area of debris that has been causing backups since recent storms. On Tuesday, they informed lawmakers that the cleanup had cost about $200 million. Since this wasn't included in the budget, a portion of the FEMA refund will be used to cover the expense.
"The amount of debris in the rivers was significant, and I was surprised to see that a flood had caused so much havoc that it appeared as though a tornado had recently passed through the area. State Senator Jimmy Higdon described it as "that type of just total, total, destruction."
Transportation officials claimed that while all washed-out roads have been repaired, they are still repairing those where the pavement has slipped.
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