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Crews Rescue Couple and Close Roads Amidst Flooding

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Courtesy: Breathitt Co Emergency Management Courtesy: Breathitt Co Emergency Management

JACKSON, KY (Lex 18) - The water is starting to recede in Breathitt County after a rainy Sunday and Monday full of flood-related problems. 

A frigid and frustrating rescue kicked off Monday morning for Breathitt County crews on the North Fork Kentucky River.

Emergency Manager Chris Friley said a man and a woman ditched their car when they couldn't make it down a flooded Highway 1098. 

"They got out and tried to talk on home the rest of the way," said Friley. "The bank of the road dropped off with them and caused them to go in the water." 

For nearly an hour and a half, the two clung to a tree while flood waters rushed by. Fish and wildlife officers made the rescue and brought the two to the hospital. 

"She was about to give up," Friley said. "If we hadn't made it here when we did, it probably would've just been a recovery."

Around the county, flooded creeks and waterways enveloped roads too, like Highway 476 south of Jackson. 

"It was all over the road," said Annie LaCaria. "It was like from here to the side of the mountain."

LaCaria said the road had so much water on it her kids couldn't get home last night. She's lucky they have family living nearby. Her options were otherwise limited.  

"I would've been worried half to death and walked across that water just to make sure they're Ok," She said. 

At the water treatment plant in Jackson, piles of debris are a harbinger of problems to come. 

The emergency manager said the leaves and branches in the flooding damaged the city's water intake. Most of the county will have no water until it's fixed. 

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