LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – The Appalachian Citizens’ Law Center (ACLC) was ready to celebrate its 20th anniversary of service on Saturday, but Mother Nature had other plans.
“Our office is right on the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Whitesburg, and when the creek rose, our building was completely flooded with water,” said Hilary Miles, an ACLC development manager.
Her Letcher County building suffered significant damage, but all Hilary Miles and the ACLC could do was go with the flow — and show the spirit and sound of her region for a good cause.
“We knew the benefit concert was going to be a perfect thing, we’ve already booked all the musicians,” Miles said.
Miles hopes this event will also serve as a reminder to people of the ongoing struggles that her clients and so many others in eastern Kentucky continue to face.
“Our customers are very susceptible to black lung disease … and this flooding caused people to become home insecure,” Miles said. “Consistent with this is that mold is really harmful to people with lung disease.”
Miles says while a lot of money came in in the first few weeks, there are still some without shelter or even water, so they want to “make sure it hits the headlines as often as possible”.
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