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Safety during recovery efforts is highlighted after new flood related death

Samantha Morrill

Nearly two months after the initial event, another death has been attributed to this summer’s flooding in eastern Kentucky.

Governor Beshear announced the death on Tuesday, saying it was reported out of Pike County, which is still under a disaster declaration.

Nee Jackson is the Director of Pike County Emergency Management. He said it's not unheard of that a death is attributed to a disaster weeks or months after a disaster.

“When I was in western Kentucky after the tornadoes, there was a death that was attributed out there that somebody that had fallen off a roof of a house that they were working on and that ended up being attributed out there,” said Jackson.

Jackson said contractors and volunteers should do a walkthrough of their environment to identify safety hazards before starting any project.

“Whether it may be a sinkhole in the yard, where electrical hook ups are at, looking for all those type things, water hook ups, that type thing so that they don’t put themselves in harm’s way,” said Jackson.

Jackson said proper protective equipment like masks, gloves and hard toe shoes are necessary for safety.

The emergency management director said the most recently confirmed death occurred last week when a 76 year old man was found in a creek near an excavator.

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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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