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Kentucky flood victims file suit against mine companies

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Community health workers in Eastern Kentucky are offering free tetanus and hepatitis A vaccinations to anyone involved in the cleanup efforts

Dozens of eastern Kentucky flood victims have filed a lawsuit that says two coal companies contributed to the damages they suffered. Nearly 60 people who live along River Caney in the Lost Creek community of Breathitt County were listed as plaintiffs in the complaint against Blackhawk Mining and Pine Branch Mining. Josh James has the story.

The complaint alleges the defendants operated multiple silt ponds that failed due to improper construction and maintenance and “caused debris and excessive water to flow onto the Plaintiffs’ properties.” Blackhawk Mining said in a statement sent to news outlets that the flooding was “a natural disaster without precedent.” The company says it doesn't agree with the allegations and will respond when appropriate.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.