A Kentucky flood survivor saved her two children with a vacuum cleaner cord


A Kentucky flood survivor saved her two children with a vacuum cleaner cord

In the isolated howl of Bowling Creek in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, Jessica Willett held on to her two children as floodwaters submerged their home. They survived, but now face a daunting future.

BOWLING CREEK, Ky. — As roaring floodwaters rose around her, Jessica Willett cut the electrical cord to a vacuum cleaner and tied herself to her two children.

Willett, 34, heard loud bangs and creaks as the force of the deluge fractured his prefab home perched on Bowling Creek, a remote and steep howl in Kentucky. The ground tilted and water poured out. His car parked outside was swept away.

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