Hopkins Co. considers stockpiling materials for new homes

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) As some western Kentucky residents prepare to rebuild their homes, one issue Hopkins County officials are considering is where to store building materials donated to them. .

The county’s long-term disaster recovery committee is working on storage in two hard-hit areas.

There may not be a lot of building material here where the houses once stood, but as the months pass more construction sites should appear. house building.

Tom Sisk is helping to rebuild a three-bedroom house on the family farm outside Earlington.

“It’s going well for us, we have family and friends who help us,” he says. But the materials used to rebuild what they lost in the tornado are being stored offsite.

“It’s too much money. A charge is worth $20,000. You can’t leave it out,” he explained.

Mike Duncan of the committee says they are working on a new 60ft by 100ft metal building to store donated building materials. The first to be built in the Barnsley Loop area near the county’s convenience center, with a future planned for the Dawson Springs area. County magistrates on Tuesday approved the lease of land for storage.

“I think it would be a good idea to help people like that. That way they can go get what they need and it would be safe as well,” Sisk said.

Duncan says donated materials are still coming in but have asked some groups to withhold future donations.

“Some have this material and they want to move it. They talk to different people and different organizations. They also don’t have a place to hang on for long,” he explained.

Duncan says the storage can be modified to store other things like donated appliances on the road, but the houses have to be built first.

“We have people who want to donate appliances, and various things like that, but if you don’t have a house, there’s no place to put an appliance,” he said. .

Duncan says the storage building in the Barnsley Loop area could be ready as early as next month.

(This story was originally published on March 17, 2022)

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