A four-decade-old family-owned business was destroyed by flooding in Letcher County


WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – There’s plenty of destruction to go around following a record crest of the North Fork of the Kentucky River in Letcher County.

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

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

The Mini-Cooper Debi is referring to was a gift from her husband two years ago, just before he died. She celebrated all the years of building their business together. It is now filled with mud.

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

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

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

“We didn’t know where he was. And then when the water started receding we could see the top of it. And finally it fell enough for us to pull it off the road.”

Debi said they are still looking for cars that were washed away and worry they may never be recovered.

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