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Dozens of students at EKU feel impacts of flooding in eastern Kentucky

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As 40 percent of the student body at Eastern Kentucky University comes from eastern Kentucky, it not surprising that dozens of those students were impacted by last month's flooding.

EKU President David McFaddin said around a hundred students reached out for support from the university after the historic flood event.

In an interview with WEKU, President McFaddin said some of the students were invited to move onto campus early to start the semester.

“We've assisted them with making sure they've got all the things they need to get the semester started off in an effective way. As we looked at kind of the total number, we had about 20 students who, who really needed that direct assistance right out of the gate. And so we supported them along the way,” said McFaddin.

Maintaining good mental health is also top of mind.

“We have a robust offering of services and professionals here on our campus who support our students every day, everything from general counseling services, to crisis services, to emotional wellness, to resource allocation to help them get the things that they need. And so we're trying to meet everybody where they're at,” said McFaddin.

McFaddin added that there is still a lot of work to be done in eastern Kentucky and the university is standing by to help in whatever way it can.

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Samantha is WEKU's All Things Considered Host and also reports on news of interest in the commonwealth. Sam is a graduate of Morehead State University and worked for MSU's Public Radio Station WMKY.
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