Powell county residents cleaning up after flood


CLAY CITY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Clay City residents are left cleaning up, after the Red River reached levels they haven’t seen in over 40 years.

“We’re in the clean-up process from the flood,” said Chad Patton.

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Patton owns ‘Muddy Water Boutique’ in Clay City. He said the store is living up to its name.

“The water just slowly kept rising, and we probably got, I don’t know, five or six inches in the store,” said Patton.

Data from the National Weather Service showed on Monday the Red River crested above 25 feet in Clay City, beating the 2004 flood mark. It was also about a foot shy from the record flood in 1978.

“We sat up here by Dairy Queen just sitting there watching it there wasn’t anything you could do,” he said.

Patton said the damage is going to cost a least couple thousand dollars. He said they did what they could before the rains came.

“We had everything put up high, so nothing really got damaged, except for the floors and things like that,” he explained.

He hopes the store can reopen by late next week.

Across the street, underground tanks at a closed gas station broke through concrete.

Down the road, a liquor store had sandbags outside the front door to try to keep out as much water as possible.

In the next town over, Stanton tourism is collecting cleaning supplies to help with the clean-up.

“We’ve asked for five-gallon buckets, mops, cleaning, solutions gloves, and things of that nature,” said Natalie Faulkner, Director of Stanton Tourism.

She said Stanton and Clay City are in this together.

“I have heard of residents that have lost everything in their homes, but they’re thankful to be alive,” said Faulkner. “I have heard of people that still have standing water in their basements.”

Faulkner said they will take the items to the Municipal Center in Clay City. Volunteers from Stanton plan to lend a hand during clean-up.

She adds and the Ministerial Association set up an account at Whitaker Bank for monetary donations to benefit Clay City.

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Chelsea Smith joins ABC 36 as a meteorologist and reporter. Chelsea grew up on the south side of Indianapolis. Her love for weather, especially Midwest weather, started with overcoming her childhood fear of thunderstorms. Chelsea graduated from Ball State University in 2017 where she earned her degree in meteorology. As part of a BSU class she chased storms all across the Great Plains and chased tornadoes in Eastern Colorado. She recently moved from Quincy, IL where she was the weekend meteorologist and reporter for WGEM for three years. She has forecasted and covered pretty much all types of Midwest Weather from thunderstorms and tornado outbreaks, blizzards and ice storms, to droughts and historic floods. When Chelsea is not forecasting, she is most likely spending time with her family and her yorkie! She is so excited for be forecasting for Central and Eastern Kentucky!