Eastern Kentucky flood

Grant will help Eastern Kentucky organization fix more houses

BY: - December 6, 2023

The Kentucky Association of Health Plans has given a $50,000 grant to Saint Vincent Mission in Floyd County, which the organization says will go toward building a new warehouse.  With the extra storage space in David, the organization says it can hold onto more materials and fix 15 more houses annually in an area that […]

Democrat Andy Beshear wins second term as Kentucky governor

BY: - November 7, 2023

LOUISVILLE  — After a heated and expensive campaign, Kentucky voters have decided — they’ve given Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear another four-year term. The governor won the election against his Republican challenger, Attorney General Daniel Cameron, with 52.5% of the vote to Cameron’s 47.5%, according to unofficial returns. The Associated Press called the race at about […]

A newly built home with blue siding and a white trim sits on a lot covered in hay.

For one Kentucky city, a new home highlights the housing challenges rural communities face

BY: - October 25, 2023

Along the Tennessee border in West Kentucky, Fulton County Judge-Executive Jim Martin traced his rural community’s economic challenges, and its coinciding lack of housing, back decades.  As the federal government built interstates throughout the country and in Kentucky in the mid-20th century, less traffic subsequently came through the county as new routes were planned. Garment […]

Report: Flood insurance cost a barrier to Eastern Kentucky recovery

BY: - October 16, 2023

The cost of flood insurance is a large recovery barrier for people living in Eastern Kentucky flood plains, says a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Researcher Matt Klesta reported what locals have said: Flood insurance is too expensive for most residents. Also, floods have made affordable housing problems worse and driven locals […]

Fourth ‘higher-ground’ homesite for Eastern Kentucky flood victims will be in Knott County

BY: - July 28, 2023

Another residential community to house survivors of last summer’s Eastern Kentucky floods will be in Knott County, along Chestnut Ridge Drive, Gov. Andy Beshear announced Friday.  The news, along with the Thursday announcement of a Floyd County site, come on the heels of the one-year anniversary of devastating floods that killed 45 people. Flooding began […]

After flood anniversary, Beshear says $2 million will secure Floyd County rebuilding site

BY: - July 27, 2023

The day after the one-year anniversary of devastating floods in Eastern Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear announced plans to provide 34 single-family homes to house flood survivors. Beshear said Thursday that $2 million in Community Development Block Grant funds will be given to the county to acquire two vacant lots — a total of 34 acres […]

Kentucky’s population shifted older in a decade. Here’s how and why it matters.

BY: - May 30, 2023

Kentucky’s population is shifting older, new data shows, with the oldest counties in the western part of the state.  Counties with colleges and military clusters are home to the younger populations, according to analyses of new Census data by the Kentucky State Data Center (KSDC). Eastern Kentucky is aging faster than the rest of the […]

A conversation with Silas House, Kentucky’s new poet laureate 

BY: - May 4, 2023

LOUISVILLE – Growing up in Eastern Kentucky, author Silas House saw early the power of representation in literature.  Lead character John-Boy in the award-winning television series “The Waltons,” for example, was his “hero.”  Here was a young country boy who, like House, dreamed of writing.  “I didn’t know anybody who wanted to be a writer,” […]

Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund to help build eight new homes, help cover some home repairs

BY: - January 24, 2023

The Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund committed $600,000 in funds to build eight new homes in partnership with two housing nonprofits, the Housing Development Alliance in Hazard and Homes Inc. of Whitesburg, Gov. Andy Beshear’s office announced Tuesday. The fund is providing $75,000 per home for building materials. “While we are at the beginning […]

Months after Eastern Kentucky floods, survivors weigh the future

BY: - January 11, 2023

JACKSON — When the 2021 Eastern Kentucky floods came, Nancy Herald’s basement filled to the rafters.  She lost roughly 50 years of cherished Christmas decorations stored along the concrete wall, along with the washer, dryer and refrigerator.  Because of that experience, the family thought they’d be ready when the 2022 floods came more than a […]

Some fear a region’s future hangs on legislature’s support for emergency affordable housing

BY: - January 11, 2023

FRANKFORT — Without significant state funding for new housing, “we’re going to experience the largest out-migration in Appalachian history,” Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard told the Kentucky Lantern in a telephone interview just before 2023 began. Yet, despite the thousands of homes lost to last summer’s flooding, no significant housing proposal emerged during the legislature’s […]