State denies financial help for flash flooding victims

Video taken on July 7 by Pam Medley shows a flooded Kentucky Avenue.  A foot of water inundated her Twisted Scissors salon.

"At that point, when the water was in here, we had no idea what the damage was. We just knew the water was in here," Medley said.

The flooding forced her and her employees to clear out the entire business. Medley said there was about $11,000 in damages.

"The Sheetrock had to be cut out. Our flooring had been ripped up," Medley recalled. Her insurance company denied her request for financial help. With construction ongoing on Kentucky Avenue, crews had closed off the sewer drains. Because of that, her insurance company said the flash flooding event could have been prevented.

"We just hope that the storm drains are open now, and the water has some place to go," she said. 

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield said the state's emergency management office tried to link western Kentucky's flooding with the eastern part of the state, but the National Weather Service determined they were separate events. "The July 7 rain storm that down-poured on Paducah was unrelated to the front that moved through eastern Kentucky five days later," Mansfield said. 

That decision is leaving Medley to pay for her own clean-up costs. "Every time a flash flood comes, we hold our breath," Medley said. 

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