A four-decade-old family-owned business in Letcher County has been destroyed

WITSBURGH, Ky. (WYMT) – There’s plenty of devastation to go around along the North Fork Kentucky River in Letcher County.

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

“That Cooper was in front of the trailer. So the cars, the water was so high that it was floating the cars around,” said Debbie Sexton of Sexton’s Used Cars.

Mini-Cooper Debbie refers to a gift from her husband before he died two years ago. He celebrated all the years they had built their business together. Now it is filled with mud.

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

Sexton’s Used Cars has been the place to buy vehicles in Whitesburg for over forty years. Those cars were displaced and damaged due to flood water.

Debbie said all the cars were submerged for hours. A black impala moved over fifty feet while underwater.

“We didn’t know where he was. And when the water begins to recede, we see the upper part. And then it came down enough for us to be pushed off the road.

Debbie is still looking for washed-up cars and is worried they won’t be able to recover.

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