Beattyville, a small mountain town in Kentucky, is under water following a downpour of rain this past weekend. Most streets around Beattyville have water six to seven feet deep when began evacuations Sunday night.
When Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency as floodwaters continued to rise, officials in Campbell County asked how they could help.
Now, the Campbell County Office of Emergency Management is sending staff to Lee County to help local and state officials with damage assessment. Deputy Director of Administration Greg Buckler and Deputy Director of Operations James Sparks will be spending several days in Lee and Estill Counties helping with damage assessments to homes and businesses.
William Turner, Director of Campbell County OEM explained that quickly getting damage assessments complete better supports state efforts of getting a FEMA Disaster Declaration of the impacted counties. He noted that both Bucker and Sparks are trained in damage assessment and can immediately provide their information to the state through a computerized system using both their phones and computers.
"We’re always glad to lend a hand because we never know when we might need the assistance from other areas,” said Campbell County Administrator Matt Elberfeld.