Weekend rain causes heavy flooding in Eastern Kentucky counties


PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Heavy rain impacted the community in Hazard over the weekend, covering several roads and flooding homes.

The Perry County Fire Department rescued a man stuck in his car on Cherokee Road. They say he had tried to drive through moving water, before being swept into the North Fork Kentucky River.

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The fire department also rescued four people and several pets from a trailer home on Typo Road in the Bonnyman community.

The trailer was surrounded by about five feet of water.

“The water was backing up on this trailer out here and it was up on the grill of the car sitting out here and one of them was just about submerged,” said Ray Young.

Young owns two properties on Typo Road. He was going to check on them when he stopped to help the people inside the trailer.

“They asked me if I had a boat, and I took the fire and rescue back up there at my shop and we got a boat and they tied a rope to it and they pushed it out there and proceeded to get the people out,” said Young.

Luckily, everyone made it out safely.

Young tells ABC 36, every time it rains, water from a nearby creek runs over, washing into the area where the house sits. That’s why the trailer is sitting off the ground.

“This is the first time I’ve seen it this big in several years,” said Young.

The most important thing to remember when it floods is the phrase, ‘Turn around. Don’t drown.’

You shouldn’t drive through water that covers the road, because sometimes it’s hard to tell just how deep it really is.