Four-decade-old family-owned business destroyed by floods in Lecher County

WHITSBURG, Ky. (WYMT)—Lecher County has a lot of mayhem to roam after the record summit of the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

For a woman, water not only washed away her business, but also took away a precious memory from her.

“He was in front of the Cooper tow truck. So the cars, the water was so high it was floating the cars around,” said Debbie Sexton of Sexton’s Used Cars.

Mini-Cooper Debi is referring to the gift given to her by her husband two years ago, just before his death. It celebrated all the years of building their business together. Now it is full of mud.

“The last car my husband bought me before he died. I had it here,” Sexton said.

Sextons Used Cars has been a place for people to buy vehicles in Whitesburg for over forty years. Those cars have been displaced and damaged by the flood waters.

Debi says that all the cars were submerged in water for hours. A black impala moved more than fifty feet while underwater.

“We didn’t know where it was. And then when the water started receding we could see over it. And then it finally went so low for us that it was driven off the road.”

Debi said they are still looking for cars that were swept away and they are worried they will never be able to recover.

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