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Abandoned vehicles becomes focus of Eastern KY flood debris removal

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A car under a bridge in eastern Kentucky

Progress continues in recovery efforts for flood survivors in eastern Kentucky. Governor Andy Beshear says the commonwealth is well into the stabilization phase of the cleanup process.

Part of that is debris removal. Crews have been working to remove debris from state and county rights-of-way and waterways. During his Team Kentucky update, Governor Beshear said they are entering a new phase of debris removal.

“Crews are beginning to remove and collect abandoned cars and trucks that came to rest in public right-of-way or in water ways which are blocking access to a public use area, or which would pose a threat to infrastructure.”

The governor said they have already found places to store the vehicles that are removed.

“So, vehicle manage sites have been designated, so far, in five counties. That’s where these vehicles are going to be temporarily stored because these are people’s cars and trucks. They might not ultimately want them back, but they need to know where they are and how to go through that process.”

Those sites are in Breathitt, Clay, Floyd, Knott, and Letcher. The governor says they are looking for another location in Perry County.

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