Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officers Assist Flooded Residents in Leslie County

Photo: Servant’s Closet

Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are teaming with the Servant’s Closet and Leslie County government to deliver supplies to residents stranding by flooding in the headwaters of Buckhorn Lake. Lt Greg Watts with Fish and Wildlife said the county was overwhelmed by the high waters and didn’t have boats or any way to get supplies to people. The Servant’s Closet had collected supplies but couldn’t deliver them. Beginning Monday, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife responded with boats and conservation officers to navigate through the timber-choked floodwaters to reach approximately 50-100 households along KY 257. While some residents managed to leave before the floodwaters blocked the road, many remained behind. One resident with medical issues was evacuated on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 and officials delivered 70 boxes of food and water to residents on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

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