Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) received reports of numerous evacuations and damage caused by overnight flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated to Level Four at 8:00 a.m. to support the impacted areas. At Level Four, additional KYEM staff is in place to maintain increased situational awareness, expedite and track requests for assistance and coordinate field activities
Hardest hit were Johnson and Floyd counties. Dozens of water rescues took place as flooding occurred from heavy rains. Johnson County and the City of Paintsville have declared local states of emergency, as well as the City of Prestonsburg, KY.
KYEM Director Michael E. Dossett said, "We have activated the State EOC and dispatched two Recovery Branch Incident Management Teams in order to assist the elected officials and the local emergency managers in damage assessments." Dossett went on to say, "Our immediate mission is to ensure there are no unmet needs in the impact area and to expedite the recovery process."
Local officials worked throughout the night assisting stranded residents as flood waters rose and began damage assessments at first light this morning.
Dossett commended the always present, and immediate, response by local authorities and elected officials in their efforts to ensure the safety of the citizens of the Commonwealth, assuring their citizens were safe and there were no unmet needs.
There have been no reports of injuries, in Kentucky, associated with this latest round of weather.
Residents and businesses that have incurred storm damage should document the damage with photos, contact their insurance provider and notify their local emergency management and report the damage. They may also go to the KYEM Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/KYEmergencyManagement , where they can upload and share storm related photos and videos.
The forecast calls for chance of additional rain and thunderstorms for the next several days and KYEM encourages everyone to monitor local media for weather updates and monitor their NOAA Weather Alert Radios, especially during severe weather conditions.
Temperatures are expected to continue to climb and heat indices are expected to pose heath risks. Be aware of the symptoms related to heat and take the necessary precautions. Heat safety information is available at http://kyem.ky.gov/preparedness/Pages/ExtremeHeat.aspx .
Weather safety tips, road conditions and travel information can be found at http://kyem.ky.gov/travelweather/Pages/default.aspx and www.weather.gov .