PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Perry County family who lost their car in flooding last week says the lack of transportation is having a direct impact on their ability to recover.
The family are now homeless and living in a shelter after water spilled into their rented house in Bulan. The water came in and swept away their two cars. John Shively showed LEX 18 the damage on Tuesday.
“He’s destroyed,” Shively said.
He says the water came in and overtook the road within minutes as they tried to leave. They were stuck at home for hours until the water finally receded. When he tried to exit through the front door, Shively didn’t realize his porch had collapsed into the basement and he fell.
“I literally almost drowned,” he said.
Shively has lived in the area for 20 years. He says he’s been through several floods but none like this. This is the first flood that leaves them homeless.
“The hardest part of this situation honestly people would think it’s finding a house but no it’s the car because the car keeps the job going which gives me the money to get the house and be able to keep the house,” Shively said.
Currently, he and his wife do not have reliable transportation to get to work. His wife can carpool, but he does not have this possibility. However, he knows he has to find a way to keep working.
“It costs more to live than what you do anywhere here,” Shively said.
He tries not to lose it but says it’s hard. Like others in Perry County, his family was living on a paycheck before the flood and had no savings.
Without water or electricity, Shively didn’t even begin to try to clean up the mess and mud inside the house. Yet when he looks around in his living room at what’s left, he feels grateful because he knows there are others who are worse off.
This realization prompts him to turn to small reminders for gratitude, such as memories of his mother surviving the damage.
“A lot of his angel figurines, which are important to me, are still there on the TV cabinet still standing,” he said.
Now they just try to take it day by day until they get to the other side.
They created this fundraiser to get a new car. You can click here to donate.