Flooding in Summers County Leaves People Stranded

Summers County

Storms passing through our area have left nearly 20,000 people through the Mountain State in the dark. 

The storms have left their mark with severe damage. 

Johnny Kales and his wife have lived in Sandstone for over 10 years and have never seen anything like this. 

“And then I come out here and realized it was a flood and the bridge was gone,” says Johnny. 

The bridge that once stood across Laurel Creek giving them access to leave their home, now sits nearly 50 feet down the creek in pieces. 

With tears in her eyes his wife, Lisa, explains how scary this situation is. 

“I don’t know it’s just terrible. I don’t know, we feel stranded, it’s bad. You know it’s just him and me, it’s just us,” says Lisa. 

The two of them say not being able to get in their car and drive to the store, leaves them feeling abandoned. 

“There’s no other way of getting out of here unless you walk across two bridges then the road,” says Johnny. 

Their neighbor just down the road was able help and clear a walking path through high grasses.  

“He brought a tractor over here with a brush hog, and cut a path in the hayfield so we don’t have to walk in high grass,” says Johnny. 

Although this is a tragedy for the Kales, they say they are lucky to have each other.

“I just hope this doesn’t happen to anyone else, I mean it’s bad but it could’ve been worse, someone could’ve been killed. A bridge can be replaced, I can’t replace my husband,” says Lisa. 

The Kales reached out to FEMA for help to repair their bridge. 

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