Reed in recovery after flooding


“Yes, it got into the first lower level here, ruined two carpet,” Stanley Jones said Tuesday. “And now I got fans in there blowing around, drying the floor out as quickly as possible.”

Jones, from Reed, had a feeling the flooding was going to be bad last week.

“So I just started making plans to move everything out of the house. Because, after 46 feet or so, I ain’t gonna be able to get to the house,” he said.

Jones isn’t alone in his cleanup efforts, after the flooding did indeed hit Reed hard.

“We’re in recovery mode now, yeah,” said Henderson City County Rescue Captain Mike Coghill.

While the water is no longer over Highway 60, some side roads in Reed are still impassable, but it hasn’t stopped some from trying. The Reed and Spottsville fire departments, Kentucky State Police, and Henderson City County Rescue Squad all assisted a semi truck driver who was on his way to Owensboro Tuesday.

“The semi driver was following his GPS, and it took him on a back road for whatever reason, and he drove off in about five feet of water,” Coghill said. “Thought he could make it through, but the longer he went, the deeper it got, and if he had made it any further, it’d be even deeper.”

The American Red Cross was also in town handing out cleaning supplies and food to whoever needs it, and providing shelter.

“There’s still people that can’t get to their homes yet,” Coghill said.

For a town trying to get back to normal, it’s going to take time, and a lot of help.

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(This story was originally published on March 7, 2018)

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