Apr 17, 2013 4:03 PM

Flooding Blocking Roads In Eastern Kentucky

Heavy rains in eastern Kentucky are causing flooding in the valleys and two counties have declared states of emergency.

State officials say there have been some mudslides and several flooded roads in Harlan County. A statement from Kentucky Emergency management on Wednesday says some residents in the Brite Shade area in Clay County are stranded because of the high water. A swift water rescue team was on the way to help.

Officials in Frankfort are monitoring the high water in Clay, Knox, Laurel, Harlan, Leslie and Owsley counties, as more rain is expected later in the week.

Harlan and Owsley counties have declared local states of emergency.

Knox County officials say they made four water rescues, including several teens who were trapped by floodwaters on the top of a car. Officials say one of the teens was taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms are likely in the area Thursday night, extending into Friday morning.

Associated Press Wire Services Contributed To This Story.


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