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Bridge Collapse Cuts Off Letcher Co. Residents

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LETCHER COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Flood damage led to a partial bridge collapse in Letcher County, cutting off several residents.

Judge Executive Jim Ward said no one was hurt in the collapse, but that 20 to 30 homes that rely on the structure are now without a good roadway.

Ward said the bridge had been damaged by recent flooding and that he had alerted Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"It had evidently undermined a pier. The pier had fell over and then let one side of the bridge fall down," said Ward. 

He said Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials had surveyed the damage but the collapse occurred before a study was complete. They were studying it because major flooding had caused cracks in the pavement. 

Ward said the county is planning to build a crossing to allow people to cross the area until a more permanent fix for the bridge can be completed. Ward said that they will work on building the crossing "all night if need be." 

The bridge is located along Perkins Branch across from Letcher Elementary School. 

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