I Am Local 6: Neighbors help one another amid Flood 2019

We often see the best in people in the worst of times. That’s been especially true during flood 2019. Sky 6 videos have shown the awesome power Mother Nature holds over us when it floods.

Rising river levels and water-filled neighborhoods can spark fear and worry, but in those moments, we also witness the awesome power of people who care.

“It’s a really rough time right now,” Todd Roberts of McCracken County told us. “Yeah, they’re good friends of mine, known them all my life.” He was out helping his neighbors. “We all here try to take care of each other. They’re going through a bad time, and we want to get down here do what we could do to help them,” he said.

Whether it’s loading boats with sandbags to deliver to friends, or realizing what might have been, people with good hearts and helping hands are out in force.

Tylene Woodford lives near the Clarks River in McCracken County. She said without help from others “I’d be drowneded. That’s where I would be without friends. I’d be floating.”

“We’ve had neighbors helping us out, sandbagging, filling bags and everything,” Woodford said.

Sandbagging operations are a familiar sight lately, in places like Ledbetter and Smithland in Livingston County, to Marshall County, and many others.

Among those lending a hand in Smithland were McCracken County Mustang football players, church groups, and so many other volunteers.

“This is a lifesaver,” said Benny Armstrong in McCracken County. Volunteers with Rickman Road Baptist Church were there to help him. “We would have been flooded for sure, but I think we’re going to be OK now.”

“we would have lost everything. thank god for good neighbors and the church members cause we would have been in big trouble if it hadn’t been for them,” Benny Armstrong in McCracken County. Volunteers with Rickman Road Baptist Church were there to help him.

“We have had teams of volunteers deploying. there’s been a great response already,” Pastor Dawn Choat with Four Rivers Church in Calvert City said as a group of volunteers at her church helped sandbag last weekend.

Even when floodwaters stopped drivers in their tracks, there was help there, too.

“We just want to say thanks to everyone that’s coming out and volunteering,” Livingston County Emergency Management Deputy Director Daniel Newcomb said. “All of or rock quarries, churches, just citizens coming out and volunteering — we greatly appreciate it. There’s not enough manpower that you can have when you’re doing an operation like that. So, everybody’s hard work is greatly appreciated.”

Your hard work, love for community and caring spirit is why we can all proudly say I Am Local 6.