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In Magoffin Co., Rains Cause Mudslides, Force Nursing Home Evacuation

Posted at 2:06 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-24 14:22:11-05

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Officials with the Magoffin County Rescue Squad said Sunday morning that its crews made nearly two dozens rescues and helped evacuate 115 patients from a flooded nursing home.

At one point, floodwater stood 4-feet high across Kentucky Highway 7 in Salyersville.

Across the county, emergency personnel have made 23 rescues, including five water rescues.

And several residents of a nearby nursing home were evacuated as floodwaters threatened the facility. Officials said all of the evacuees were safe and stay at the middle school.

The head of the Magoffin Rescue team tells LEX 18 this is the worst flooding he can recall since 2004.

Crews are also dealing with rock slides throughout the region.

A 20-mile stretch of the Mountain Parkway in Magoffin County was closed for several hours overnight. It was reopened Sunday morning, but mudslides continue to be a problem.

“It’s general been pretty small, but this time it got very large, and it’s actually slid three times on us tonight,” said Steve Howard, Magoffin County highway superintendent.

Officials remind motorists never to drive through standing water.

County officials continue to assess the situation and said rescue vehicles also were damaged.