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Nashville organization sends relief to Kentucky flood victims

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) — More than a dozen people have died so far, including children. Many more are still missing due to flooding in eastern Kentucky.

Search and rescue teams were out in force, including help from agencies here in Nashville.

The Church of Christ disaster relief efforts are sending three trucks that will head to some of the worst flooded areas by Monday.

Two trucks are due to leave by Friday evening.

The Church of Christ’s disaster relief efforts have been helping disaster-affected victims since 1990, and staff said they remained ready and prepared.

“At 8 a.m. no trucks were coming out, and by 10 a.m. I had three,” said Mike Lewis, executive director of Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort. “So we’re loading the trucks right now. And the first one is going to Hazard, Kentucky, to Lothair Church of Christ.”

According to the American Red Cross, more than 25,000 Kentucky residents are without power, along with 12,000 homes under boil water advisories.

There were between 20 and 30 water rescues Thursday in the area, and volunteers will continue to focus on that.

“We’ve been doing this for over 30 years. And what you see behind us is our rack of anything that goes on a trailer and the value of that stuff. The retail price is around $70,000” , Lewis said.

Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency in the affected counties, saying it was “one of the most serious and devastating events in Kentucky’s history.”

But help is on the way.

The Churches of Christ Disaster Relief Effort building has a full warehouse stocked with prepackaged boxes filled with necessities, bottled water, baby care and more.

“Monday morning at 10 a.m., we’re going to pack those family food boxes again. We’ll pack 1,500 of them. It’s going to take all the volunteers, and we have over 200 volunteers here,” Lewis said. “It will take them about an hour and a half to pack 1,500. And so that will give us another five truckloads.”

Lewis says monetary donations are the best way to help their mission.