Powell County Rescue workers describe rescue efforts today in east KY

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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.”

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Kelly Wallingford is a Powell County Kentucky graduate of 1980, and the fall of that year, started his radio career as a evening DJ at WEKG/WJSN in Jackson, Ky, while attending Lee's Jr. College. The principles of WEKG/WJSN also owned WIRV-AM in Irvine, where Wallingford soon transitioned. Wallingford eventually bought in as a part owner of WIRV. He later bought out his partner and launched WCYO-FM "The Coyote" in 1992. In 1999, Wallingford acquired WEKY-AM, WKXO-AM, and WKXO-FM in Madison County. Soon, WKXO -FM was rebranded as 106.7 'The Dog'. In 2016, Wallingford added three more FM's to the company. 99.3 in Irvine, 92.5 in Richmond, and 103.5 in Berea. The companies growth and expansion has been extensive, and 2017 marks the transition into Richmond's first TV station, WBON-TV, as well as web, phone apps, and other digital media products for our clients in the greater Richmond area. Wallingford resides with his wife Bess on their Madison County farm, complete with cattle, horses, dogs and kitties.