Flooding from last week's storms damaged the buildings and grounds at Eden, a no-kill animal sanctuary for more than 250 dogs, cats and chickens in eastern Elliott County.
High water pushed a building that is under construction off its foundation, causing thousands of dollars of damage to the structure that will house a clinic, apartment and offices, said Randy Skaggs, operator of Eden.
High winds knocked down several trees and branches along the property, and flooding exposed wiring on the grounds and damaged walking bridges. Repair estimates haven't been made, but Skaggs fears it could cost up to $25,000 to fix the damage. He said the property was not insured.
"There's just so much damage," he said. "It's unbelievable."
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Skaggs said the property had flooded three times since April.
"I've never seen such a rainy season," he said. "It's rained practically every day. It looks like a jungle up here."
No animals were harmed during the flooding.
Eden is home to the Trixie Foundation, a nonprofit founded in 1990 in honor of Skaggs' dog Trixie.
Skaggs rescued Trixie in 1985 after finding her abandoned with a large open sore on her back. Five and a half years later, Trixie was attacked by several other dogs while Skaggs was away from home. The following morning, Trixie died in his arms.
He decided the best way to honor Trixie was by starting the sanctuary. Since 1990, the shelter has grown from seven dogs to more than 250 animals. No animals are euthanized or adopted at the sanctuary.
"I just felt sorry for them, so I started saving them, picking them up and bringing them back here," he said.
The foundation operates the only animal shelter in Elliot County.
"It's one of the only counties in rural Kentucky that does not properly address animal welfare," Skaggs said.
This isn't the first time that the home of the foundation, which is supported by donations, has been flooded. However, federal emergency aid has helped pay for the cost of repairs in the past.
"We have been very fortunate," Skaggs said. "It's just sad that things like natural disasters occur that we have no control over."