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'Whatever happens, I love you'; Survivors bury loved ones after tragic Kentucky floods

Eastern Kentucky funeral homes have settled into a steady cadence of visitations and memorials, sometimes in quick succession, following catastrophic flooding.

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Published: 9:07 AM EDT August 6, 2022
Updated: 9:47 AM EDT August 6, 2022

Angel Campbell should have been sitting in her usual chair in her grandmother’s living room this week, looking through her old photo albums and eating her favorite soup beans.

Now the living room is gone, and so is her grandmother.

A week after 82-year-old Nellie Mae Howard died in the devastating floods that killed at least 37 people in eastern Kentucky, Campbell can't stop thinking about how she was swept away. She said losing her “Mammaw" will plague her for a very long time.

“The way she had to leave this earth just shatters me,” she said. “It just feels so cruel.”

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Angel Campbell, 37, visits her grandmother's, Nellie Mae Howard, 82, "Mammaw" grave on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, in Chavies, Ky. Howard died in massive flooding. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

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