LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – The road to recovery is only beginning after last week’s historic flooding in eastern Kentucky.

People across state lines are helping families salvage what they can.

In midst of hard recovery, homeowners are opening their doors to strangers. Nearly a week since deadly flooding breached their home.

“The community is a family community and we are seeing that a lot where it is not just one person impacted it is their extended family, it is their friends,” Karissa Ryan, assistant program manager for Good Samaritan Purse said.

The strangers are Samaritan Purse volunteers lending a hand and helping families get back on their feet.

“It is our first time sending out teams, so they have come from nearby, but not necessarily from this community they are coming from Kentucky and Tennessee,” Ryan said.                            

Room by room good Samaritans are gutting out what is left inside this home in the city of Jackson all that’s left is the foundation.

“We have some volunteers who come in and stay overnight and help with multiple days in the process so we love the friendships built on site,” Ryan said.                            

These type of disasters would be a staggering setback for any community but the efforts to help is a testament to good faith embedded in the culture of Kentucky— who have experienced hardships before and are still willing to keep moving forward.

“We also have chaplains that travel with our teams with the Billy Graham rapid response team, they are here to help with that emotional and spiritual care too,” Ryan said.                            

For more information on how you can volunteer, check out their website.

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