Mudslides, flooding have counties declaring states of emergency

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No traffic can get through Joe's Creek at mile marker 6.7 at the Joe's Creek Pay Lake.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Several counties have declared states of emergency because of mudslides and flooding, according to the state.

In Perry County, officials say crews are working around the clock to clear mudslides and fix road breaks.

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Mudslides and road breaks are widespread around the county.

Jason Back, the deputy judge-executive and road foreman for Letcher County, calls road conditions in that county “horrific” and says they are experiencing numerous mudslides.

Back says mudslides covered two main gas lines and a water line.



Harlan County declared a state of emergency following a massive mudslide that covered part of KY 72 earlier this month.

As of this writing, states of emergency were declared in Perry, Harlan, Letcher, Carter, Grant and Metcalfe counties, according to the state.