The end of 2022 saw some exciting news for Kentuckians. Residents who lost their homes during major flooding earlier in the year, primarily communities in Eastern Kentucky, are looking a new future.
In late December, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear announced that that the initial building site of multiple rebuilding opportunities will be located in Talcum, in Knott County near the Perry County line.
“Kentucky initially secured 75 acres and can expand that to nearly 300 acres, which means the land not only provides a place to rebuild but is a place to grow for the future and attract new businesses.” (Spectrum News 1)
Concept art for the first development site in Knott County. (Office of the Governor)
“We are thrilled to announce the first site of a regional approach to rebuilding,” Beshear said during a news conference. “This is an approach that benefits whole communities. It’s a vision for the future that includes new homes, community centers, schools, upgraded infrastructure and the opportunity for future economic investments.”
Updates January 30, 2023:
Team Kentucky, the name given to the formal Team Kentucky Fund to provide help to Kentuckians experiencing an employment-related financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency, provided insights and updates to the hope that comes from the communities impacted by the July 2022 floods. The verdict? Change is coming for Kentucky.