Flood forces family out of home, into tents
CRITTENDEN COUNTY, Ky. — It sounds extreme but one local man said it's his family's only option.
They plan to stay there until they can rebuild or restore their flood-damaged home.
The man living in the tents said he's called FEMA every day for the past two weeks. But today, he was told he could get financial help to repair his home.
"We are adventurous people," said Barry Redbird Brown. "We're definitely survivors."
Brown said it takes a little Indian and the survival skills he learned in the military just to survive out here.
He has a tent for every room. Even an outhouse.
"People think, I don't know if they think I'm nuts or not," he said. "There's a lot of people that understand and say, 'You know what? I'd stand and guard my home, too.'"
With someone here all the time and plenty of protection, he said looters won't steal from him.
"I may not have a lot left but what I have left, I don't want someone taking it," he said.
His actual house is a disaster.
At first, for the kids, camping was cool but now they're ready to move out of here and go back home. Brown said it may be a while before that's possible and even though they don't have much right now, at least they have each other.
"The people I love, that's what keeps me going," Brown said.
Barry said they try to maintain proper hygiene. They're showering at a neighbor's house. But he's worried about his daughter, who just found out she has MRSA. They want make sure that infection doesn't spread or get any worse.
Brown and others could get up to $30,000 apiece to pay for flood-related damages.
Folks in these Kentucky counties may get assistance: Boyd County, Crittenden County, Graves County, Hardin County, Hickman County, Jefferson County, Livingston County, Marshall County, McCracken County, Union County and Webster County. You need to register with FEMA if you want help.
In Missouri: Butler, Cape Girardeau, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott and Stoddard counties.
Its important to know if you registered with your local emergency management office, that does not count. You must register through FEMA. That'll start a lengthy process that may result in a grant or loan.
That number is (800) 621-3362 or visit their website.