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Counties declare state of emergency for flooding

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Posted at 1:12 PM, Feb 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 13:12:53-05

(LEX 18) — Between rising canal waters and flooded roads, staying dry and keeping up with the damage in southeastern Kentucky was a challenge Thursday.

In Middlesboro, drivers captured pictures and video of their commute, which may have been interrupted by impassable roads during the rainfall. Bell County declared a state of emergency, which opens the county up for state and federal resources.

Harlan County also declared a state of emergency.

"This appears to be the worst flood that we've had since 1991,” said Harlan County Judge Executive Dan Mosley.

Mosley says first responders spent the day helping people evacuate their homes and checking on underwater bridges. A temporary shelter was set up at Harlan Baptist Church.

"We also just learned that two single wide mobile homes had been washed into the river and washed away. We're told that no one was in them,” said Mosley.

The biggest thing Mosley and other communities urge people to keep in mind as this weather continues is if the road is underwater, don't drive through it.