Eastern Kentucky Flooding Relief Operations Expand

Julie H. Case

With more than 1,100 requests for assistance from flood survivors still unclaimed, Team Rubicon begins sending in additional volunteers. Plus: Volunteer for flood relief.

Three weeks after devastating flooding hit Eastern Kentucky, Team Rubicon is putting more volunteer boots on the ground.

Since late July, the veteran-led disaster response nonprofit has completed nearly 70 muckouts and expedient home repairs in Clay, Letcher, and Perry Counties. Yet hundreds of homes throughout the region remain filled with mud and wet walls. With 1,172 unclaimed requests for assistance in Crisis Cleanup—the work order management platform that nonprofits use to identify survivors in need of assistance after a disaster—there is still a lot of work to do, and not a lot of time left to do it.

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“We know that a hurricane is nearly inevitable and that attentions will turn away from Kentucky. So, we needed to get as many Greyshirts on the ground to do as much as possible before that happens,” said TJ Porter, director of Operations Support for Team Rubicon.

Serving survivors of the eastern Kentucky flooding has already had an impact—on the the volunteers doing that flood relief work. 

“Today we worked on a woman’s house who was swept away by the flood and got caught up in barbed wire, which saved her and her kids life,” said Greyshirt Brian Abdallah, a police officer from Boston volunteering in Whitesburg, KY. “They’re my heroes. It felt so good to help them.”

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