Members of the Powell County Search and Rescue joined the rescue efforts today in flood torn Breathitt County to bring much welcome assistance to the area. 18 team members, including swift water techs and EMT’s, responded to a mutual aid call this morning to assist in rescuing families still trapped from the devastating flood waters in Breathitt County.
Members successfully rescued a family of 4 who was stranded at their home. One was diabetic and another was recently diagnosed with lung cancer according to the agency. Since no one would leave without the other, they refused being airlifted. The swift water team made 2 trips and brought both safely to a tearful reunion with their parents who drove up non-stop from Georgia.
The Rescue team then went down roads where the say the observed so many homes that were swept off their foundations, untold vehicles flipped onto their tops or wrapped around trees. and made contact with many families who were clearly in shock. The team went house to house making account for everyone on the roads they were assigned.
The scenes were described as “truly heartbreaking.”