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Flooding Continues To Threaten Low-Lying Areas Of Estill County

Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-23 19:19:07-05

ESTILL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Flooding continues to be a threat this weekend in parts of Kentucky.

Many areas in Estill County are still trying to recover from flooding earlier this week. Now the Kentucky River is expected to rise, and people are preparing for more problems.

The next batch of rain is putting farmers in low-lying areas, at risk.

“They lost their soybean this year. I’m sure there are a lot of farmers that are suffering because of their cattle getting down. It’s up to their knees in mud,” said resident Marilyn Wright.

Some bridges like the one on Red Lick Road are still underwater. Officials want to remind drivers to avoid those areas and never try to drive through floodwaters.

The former “Rader’s River Grill” that sits next to the Kentucky river in Irvine, flooded on Friday.

As of noon on Saturday, Estill County Emergency Management officials say the river is sitting at 20 feet and is expected to crest at 29 feet by Monday morning.