Friday, March 7, 1997
Animal lover guardian
for Falmouth pets

Carletta Chaney's garage in Falmouth has served since Sunday as a kennel for about 20 dogs entrusted to her by fleeing neighbors or rescue workers who plucked them from abandoned homes.

The menagerie at her Maple Avenue house also includes six cats, two birds, and eight pets of her own.

''Some people, when they got out of their houses Sunday morning, the only thing that they may have gotten is their dog or cat,'' said Ms. Chaney, curling her arms around a pug and a Yorkshire terrier.

''If they're important enough to grab as you're leaving, they're important enough to be cared for.''

BARRICADED FROM TOWN, John Huffman parked three front-end loaders Thursday outside Pendleton County High School, eager to help residents begin clearing debris.

''I'm surprised they haven't started letting people in to push the stuff around and move it out yet,'' said Mr. Huffman, owner of Huffman Sportscape in Florence, as he waited for the Kentucky National Guard to allow him into downtown Falmouth.

''I feel like we're burning sunshine,'' he said.

MORE RELIEF ROLLED into the makeshift shelter Thursday at Pendleton County High School. McDonald's passed out complimentary cheeseburgers and french fries from a mobile kitchen, nurses administered tetanus shots to flood victims, and one local company posted a sign offering free basement pumping.

Along with postal delivery and portable automatic teller machines, flood victims also can consult the Internal Revenue Service on site.

A red and white poster in the school's lobby promised: ''Even the IRS can help you.''

IN HIS 33 YEARS, Larry Lea has marked two March birthdays when the Licking River spewed its worst.

''What's ironic about this is I was born March 1, 1964,'' said the Falmouth petroleum truck driver, whose home is on Barkley Street. ''I was in the '64 flood as a baby, and Saturday was my birthday. That's what I got for a present.''

WORLD WAR II Army veteran Richard Elliott, 73, was among dozens of flood victims eligible for $500 flood-relief grants from the Disabled American Veterans, with national headquarters in Cold Spring.

The Falmouth man and former paratrooper lost his 64-foot trailer. He hopes to use the veterans' grant as a down payment toward a new home. ''I'm gonna try and buy me another trailer, but I'm gonna put it on high ground,'' he said.

TOYOTA MOTOR CORP. said Thursday it is donating $500,000 to the American Red Cross for flood recovery.

Toyota, whose North American manufacturing headquarters opened last fall in Erlanger, specified the money be used to help victims in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and West Virginia.

''Although production at our U.S. plants has not been affected, the people of these states are part of the Toyota family, and we want to do everything possible to help speed recovery efforts to them,'' said Hiroshi Okuda, Toyota president.