Wet Weekend Leaves Flooding, Damage In Its Wake

Posted at 5:46 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 05:46:47-05

(LEX 18) — A wet weekend meat flooding for counties all over the commonwealth.

In some counties it wasn’t just flooding, there also were rock- and mudslides to contend with.

It rained, it poured … and in some places, it left destruction in its wake.

Shooting Fork Road off Kentucky Highway 1094 in Wolfe County gave way Sunday, leaving a very dangerous roadway until emergency management officials closed the road.

The EMS director says at least 20 people signed up with the Red Cross for aid on Sunday. A state of emergency was declared in the county, which also was under a boil water advisory.

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported as a result of the flooding.

In Clay County, high water was the worry.

Manchester police had to rescue two people from a vehicle. Officials told LEX 18 that everyone was able to get out safely.

One woman had her yard covered in mud when a nearby hill gave way, leaving the entrance to her home unusable for now.

Another resident said the rain was coming down so hard that it flooded her yard with several feet of water.

“Our yard’s flooded,” said Tiffany Deaton. “There’s a creek that goes by our yard. It’s up to our yard, it’s destroying our yard. It’s washed a lot of it away.”

From Tuesday to Sunday morning, Clay County received about 4 1/2 inches of rain.

People in Magoffin County are assessing the damage left behind by the storms. A state of emergency has been declared amid dangerous road conditions.

The relentless rain has caused several rock slides, including one on the Mountain Parkway. A 20-mile stretch of the major roadway was closed until Sunday morning.

Residents and officials say a nearby hill has posed recurring problems.

“It’s generally 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.