UPDATE: 82-year-old woman in Hazard among dead after flooding
Shelter now open in Perry County for those impacted by flooding
UPDATE (11:30 A.M.) – The Perry County Coroner’s Office has confirmed to ABC36 there are “multiple fatalities” reported in the area after overnight flooding.
The coroner’s office says an 82-year-old woman is among them. Her preliminary cause of death is drowning. The coroner’s office says they traveled by boat to Hazard to get to the woman who has not yet been identified.
According to the state, two other deaths have been reported so far in Perry County and Knott County.
This is a developing story. Check back with ABC36 for updates.
PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A shelter is now open in Perry County for those seeking refuge from flooding. According to the Perry County Fiscal Court, the Buckhorn State Lodge is open for anyone available to get there.
The fiscal court says Rep. Chris Fugate has also opened up Gospel Light Church for anyone needing shelter. East & West Perry are opening at 1 p.m. for food and shelter.
According to Judge-Executive Scott Alexander, first responders are working around the clock and Emergency Management from Frankfort will be arriving soon, “The devastation is unreal but we are doing everything we can to help. Please pray for our county and our people.”
The Perry County Farmer’s Market has been canceled due to flooding and slides.
Gov. Andy Beshear addressed response efforts Thursday morning, including other shelters opening. You can read more HERE.
ORIGINAL POST (5:30 A.M.)
HAZARD, Ky. (WTVQ) – The City of Hazard is undergoing severe flooding.
According to the Hazard Fire Department says as of 4:15 A.M. Thursday, the agency is working on 20 to 30 rescues, dealing with four to five feet of water in most areas.
The agency reports that many roads are completely washed away, warning drivers not to leave their houses if at all possible.
People in the community have taken to Facebook to post photos and videos of the flooding.
Perry County resident Megan Eversole posted this to her account:
We will continue to monitor this situation. Stick with ABC 36 for updates.