Updated 7 months ago
Knox County officials say they can't do it on their own. Last week's flood waters have left behind big problems, from roads that have washed away to bridges that are damaged.
In the Stinking Creek area of the county, you can see piles of debris from when the area was underwater, but even a week later, families are still affected by the flooding.
Dallas Brown works the land off Salt Gum Hollow Road. He gathers timber and raises cattle. He was in the barn feeding his cattle when the storm suddenly hit.
"That water was over top of those posts, and the posts are eight feet high," says Brown. "My wife must have thought I was drowning, which scared them to death."
He climbed up the nearby hillside to get to high ground.
"I ain't no feller to get scared, but I'll tell you one thing, I got scared."
The fences on the property washed away. The flood moved huge rocks and took with it the road he uses. Water moved an outhouse off its foundation and swept away a nearby church in Jeffs Creek. Emergency Management in Knox County tells LEX18 the damage to infrastructure was serious. Floods damaged eight to ten bridges, and will cost the county up to $350,000, which is above their $109,000 threshold. They are looking to FEMA for help.
Brown says he's grateful he fled the barn in time.
"That bridge went quickly. If I'd been a few minutes earlier, I'd be washed away probably."
But he and his neighbors would like some help.
"I could be working if I had the roads and things fixed," says Brown.
The emergency management director says the last time the Stinking Creek area experienced flooding to this extent was six years ago, in 2007.
Road crews have started working on repairing some of the bridges. The flood damages in Knox, Clay, Harlan, and Lee counties totals about $1 million.