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Cleanup And Repairs Begin In Magoffin County

Posted at 7:23 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 19:23:50-05

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– The weather was sunny Tuesday and the water had started to recede. People started cleaning up in Magoffin County, one of the hardest hit areas by flooding.

Route 40 was down to one lane because part of the road slid off Saturday night.

Magoffin County resident Ron Howard even had to drive his truck through high water in the early morning to pick up his wife, who got stuck coming home.

Kentucky State Auditor Mike Harmon and some of his team hit flooding while driving through Magoffin County during the storm.

“They were able to get out, and then our deputy sheriff got out and brought them to the station,” said Captain Carter Conley with the Magoffin County Rescue Squad.

The rescue squad worked through the night, handling more than 20 rescues, five of them water rescues. Three of the squad’s trucks were damaged and one member barely escaped serious harm.

“He’s still a little sore, but he’s back out. He came back out the next day, so rescue’s gotta be tough,” said Conley.

A swift water rescue boat was damaged.

No lives were lost.