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Floods Strike New Blow in Place That Has Known Hardship

A flooded neighborhood over Jackson, Kentucky.

A flooded neighborhood over Jackson, Kentucky.

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Jackson, Ky. (AP) -- Evelyn Smith lost everything in the deadly floods that devastated eastern Kentucky, saving only her grandson's muddy tricycle. But she's not planning to leave the mountains that have been her home for 50 years.

Like many families in this dense, forested region of hills, deep valleys and meandering streams, Smith's roots run deep. Her family has lived in Knott County for five generations. They've built connections with people that have sustained them, even as an area long mired in poverty has hemorrhaged more jobs with the collapse of the coal industry.