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Richwood man describes a devastating daybreak

Register-Herald photo by Chris Jackson Robert Kutcher outside his home on Home St. in Richwood on Monday. Kutcher, who has lived at his home since the early 1980s said he has never seen flooding that bad. A tape line on his front door shows the water line. Kutcher said he has flood insurance. "There were so many people that lost lives and lost homes," he said. "You can't get lives back. I'm fortunate I have life and a place I can call home again someday."
Register-Herald photo by Chris Jackson
Robert Kutcher outside his home on Home St. in Richwood on Monday. Kutcher, who has lived at his home since the early 1980s said he has never seen flooding that bad. A tape line on his front door shows the water line. Kutcher said he has flood insurance. “There were so many people that lost lives and lost homes,” he said. “You can’t get lives back. I’m fortunate I have life and a place I can call home again someday.”

RICHWOOD, W.Va. — Robert Kutcher stood Monday on his front porch, cigarette in hand. An American flag hung behind him as rain slowly drizzled.

Behind him, a thin white line of tape marked his screen door where water flooded his home of 35 years. Beside him, two friends from Mt. Nebo stood chatting with him about how else they could help.

“Thank goodness I had flood insurance,” Kutcher said.

His residence is located in the high risk flood area, but water had never quite reached his home. In 2003, the flood line reached his porch, but never made its way inside.

June 23, however, was a different story.

“I can’t put into words how me and my wife felt the next morning,” Kutcher said. They stayed upstairs in their home overnight Thursday, but were met with devastation when the sun rose…

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