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Crews Cleaning Up In Clay Co.

Posted at 6:15 PM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 18:15:51-04

CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– Dozens of roads in Clay County were under water Monday, and with more rain in the forecast, emergency management is expecting even more problems.

Nearly two inches of rain fell in a matter of hours causing swollen creeks and flooded bridges.

Clay County officials tell LEX 18 that so far, no one has had to be rescued from their home, but they are worried that could be a possibility with all the rain expected this week.

David Watson with Clay County Emergency Management said that they are working around the clock to clean up downed trees. His crews are stretched thin, but he says that they’re doing the best they can.

“We’re getting calls every 30 minutes out to the county garage. There’s a slip there, a mudslide here, debris in the road that’s impassable. So the county has prioritized them,  we only have so many crews, be patient with us until the roads clear,” said Watson.

Monday morning, the homeless shelter Warm Souls for Worn Soles had to be evacuated. Volunteer Tristan Harris helped get the six people staying there to a hotel when it became clear it wasn’t safe escaping to the top bunk.