Eight of nine counties served by Save the Children coping with flood damage
Kentucky’s chapter of Save the Children offers programs in many Appalachian counties. Of the nine counties served, Alissa Taylor of the Berea office of Save the Children, said eight have received flood damage. She said children in these communities experienced trauma with horrifying stories from family members.
“And so we know long term these children will need our support and therapy support as well. As well as getting back on track with their education, so having stability in their life is gonna be really important,” said Taylor.
One full week after the massive flooding came to the mountains of eastern Kentucky, Taylor noted the situation is still dire. She said many schools are doubling as distribution centers. Taylor worries about where distribution will occur when classes resume. The Save the Children representative added meals are brought into the centers and then bused out to communities.
In addition to volunteers, Taylor said professional cleaning services are needed in the hard-hit regions. The Save the Children official said the high number of children and teenagers jumping in to help has been heartwarming.
Here's more of the conversation with Alissa Taylor of Save the Children: