Flood buckets delivered to southeast Kentucky

February 11, 2020

Volunteers from the Bluegrass District that helped load the truck in Shelbyville

Flood buckets headed to the South East Kentucky District and the Red Bird Missionary Conference were delivered to Barbourville First UMC late Monday afternoon. 

Conference Disaster Response Coordinator Jim Morse arrived in Barbourville with 445 cleaning buckets, 100 health kits and a dozen or so school kits.
The buckets that were delivered consisted of:
  • 175 from the inventory at Kavanaugh Conference and Retreat Center in Crestwood.
  • 200 from the inventory collected by the Bluegrass District.
  • 70 taken from the inventory at St. Luke’s in Lexington. 
  • Shelbyville and St. Luke’s also supplied a total of 150 health kits and 50 school kits that went with the supplies. 
  • St. Luke’s also provided a number of additional sponges and miscellaneous cleaning supplies.
Within a few minutes of arrival, the Emergency Management director from Whitley County arrived and asked for 100 buckets for his county. The buckets were offloaded directly from our truck to his. 

Bell County was coming Tuesday to take 100 buckets. Churches in Harlan County both in the Redbird and Kentucky Conference areas will also receive buckets.

As of Tuesday, the Southeast District was expecting anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of additional rain in the next few days. The additional rain will add to the already difficult conditions. There are still areas that are inaccessible or have very limited access because of high waters, washed-out private bridges, mudslides, or debris blocking or restricting roadways.

The floodwaters in Whitely County are just now starting to recede. Damage assessments continue, and the true scope of the flooding may not be determined until next week.

The Kentucky Annual Conference is coordinating with the Southern Baptist Disaster Response, American Red Cross, and the Christian Appalachian Project to provide immediate assistance in various forms. 

There will be opportunities for cleaning, repairing, and rebuilding in the coming weeks and months.  If individuals or church groups are interested in volunteering, please make your willingness, skill sets, and availability over the next two months known to your District Disaster Response Coordinator.