SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (KT) – As the flood waters recede and people return home, Kentucky Baptists are mobilizing to provide meals and to help clean up the mess.
Disaster relief volunteers with Kentucky Baptist Convention will prepare tens of thousands of meals over the next several days. Crews arrive in Shepherdsville, Ky., on Wednesday to set up a mobile kitchen.
The American Red Cross requested 28,000 meals for distribution between Thursday and Sunday. Kentucky Baptist volunteers will prepare each meal to sustain an adult with 2,500 calories, generally enough for each recipient to have all the energy needed for a full day.
KBC Disaster Relief Director Coy Webb said the mobile kitchen will be set up in the parking lot of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shepherdsville. The central location will allow deliveries within a 30-mile radius from southern Indiana to Elizabethtown.
Webb said he expects many of the meals will be handed out to residents along the Salt River.
“It’s been one of the worst floods in years,” Webb said.
Gov. Matt Bevin declared a state of emergency on Friday after heavy rains last week resulted in widespread flooding in Kentucky not seen since 1997.
Webb said his disaster relief assessors will be in West Point, Ky., where about 75 homes, a quarter of all dwellings in the area, were damaged by flooding along the Ohio River.
“Water reached 7 to 10 feet in homes,” Webb said, “and for some, this is their third time being flooded.”
Webb said disaster relief crews should be in the area by the weekend helping residents mitigate flood damage.
In the meantime, Kentucky Baptist Convention is sending 5-gallon buckets filled with bleach, sponges and other supplies that can be used for clean-up and mold remediation. The 60 “flood buckets” will be available at West Point Baptist Church until supplies run out.