Wolfe Co. School District steps up to help flood victims

WOLFE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – The entire Wolfe County School District has stepped up to help those heavily impacted by flooding.

Wolfe County High School, Middle School, and Campton Elementary operate as shelters. And while school staff normally take advantage of the end of summer vacation, they are there to help.

“The school board members are here. Our principals are there. Our janitors are here,” Wolfe County Schools Superintendent Kenny Bell said.

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We have spoken to people who have lost everything. They are still trying to process what happened.

“We left and went down to my uncle’s. But the time we got there was in our house. By the time we left last night to come here it was above our house,” said James Creech, who lives in Breathitt County.

Red Cross volunteers and school staff tried to provide as much comfort as possible, giving the displaced people clothes, meals and other basic needs. Despite the devastation, there were a few smiles. People were happy to see professional wrestler American Giant. He also lost his home in the floods and starts here at the shelter.

“Honestly, I pray about it day in and day out. All these things will pass. It’s going to be back to normal,” The American Giant said.

The superintendent said it would take a community effort to get these people back on their feet and he is asking people to donate if they can.

The Kentucky Educational Development Corporation provides resources for flood victims in Wolfe County schools. He also raises money to help other victims in eastern Kentucky. You can click here to learn how to donate.

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