In the early morning hours of Thursday, July 28th, devastating flood waters swept through Eastern Kentucky and roared down Caney Creek. The damage to roads, property, houses, and people within the community is indescribable. Although spared from significant damage, ALC’s infrastructure was impacted. Many in our ALC family, and the greater community, have suffered unimaginable loss. We remain in prayer for these individuals and families.
On campus, the flood waters weathered away the banks of Caney Creek, littering debris along The Purpose Road and leaking into one campus building. Storage containers, a vehicle, and other heavy debris floated downstream, tearing down fencing and causing damage to bridges and roadways. Additionally, ALC’s iconic Bridge to the Future was severely damaged, but the foundation still stands. Fortunately, the campus community has banded together to clean up as much as possible, and work has already begun to rebuild infrastructure.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members spread out across campus to work on clean-up efforts. Generous friends from across the country stepped up to help meet immediate needs. President Jim Stepp joined in by picking up debris and clearing the roadway of heavy trees and branches. ALC professor, Sara Pitts, and her family transported supplies from Bowling Green, Kentucky, to aid in relief on campus and throughout the community. Those who could not travel to Pippa Passes sent supplies, monetary donations, and prayers for the College.
Although this event marks the worst flooding Eastern Kentucky has seen, the College is working diligently and will have campus ready for the fall semester. President Stepp remarked, “Just as ALC has been a light unto the mountains for nearly 100 years, we will continue to fulfill that mission in these times.”Currently, ALC is serving those in need with water and food distribution. The College is also working to provide for any needs current or incoming students may have.
For almost 100 years, ALC has weathered many storms, but has always remained a light unto the mountains. Through God’s grace and the help of wonderful friends, dedicated alumni, and hard-working community members, Alice Lloyd College will remain steadfast and continue to provide opportunities and support for the Appalachian region.