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Owen County Public Works, Fiscal Court to provide emergency aid in Letcher County

Public Works will accept donations for flood victims Aug. 8-13


OWENTON, Ky. (Aug. 5, 2022) — Owen County Public Works (OCPW) employees and Third-District Magistrate Wayne Harris will travel to Letcher County, Kentucky, Monday, Aug. 15, to assist with relief efforts and deliver donated goods to the flood-ravaged communities.


The group is tasked with transporting heavy equipment to the area, where they will focus on repairs to county roads that are currently impassable, as well as various cleanup efforts. Additionally, OCPW will receive donations Aug. 8-13 to deliver to the Letcher County community.


Accepted items for donation are:

  • Gallon jugs of water (no bottled water at this time)

  • Cleaning solutions such as Pine-Sol and bleach

  • Buckets, mops, towels

  • Work gloves, shovels, trash bags, trash cans

  • Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, and soap

  • Feminine hygiene products

  • Diapers and baby wipes

  • Nonperishable foods

  • Soda, candy, and candy bars


Those who wish to donate may deliver new and unopened items to the Owen County Transfer Station between 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. Clothing donations are not accepted at this time.


"Through my communications with officials on the ground in Letcher County, it became clear that sending some of our OCPW employees would be the best way for us to help the residents there," said Owen County Judge/Executive Casey Ellis. "I’m thankful for the employees willing to commit to this work and for sacrificing time with their loved ones to assist our neighbors in eastern Kentucky."


Those making the week-long trip are OCPW/Solid Waste Coordinator Dusty Hensley, Bryan Callaghan, Joe Colligan, Jeff Wright, and Ryan McCormick, along with Third-District Magistrate Wayne Harris, a former OCPW employee.


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For additional information, please contact Owen County Judge/Executive Casey Ellis at 502-484-3405 or pio@owencountyky.us during regular business hours (8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday).



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