Flooding in southeastern Kentucky prompts evacuations, emergency declarations

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Heavy rain is causing problems for several southeastern Kentucky counties.

In Harlan County, the judge-executive says some people were evacuated from their homes as the floodwaters started to rise. He says an emergency shelter was set up at a church downtown for evacuees.

Harlan County Judge-executive Dan Mosley says the rescue squad has done more than 20 rescues. He says a few mobile homes were swept away by the floodwaters.

No reports of injuries at this time.

Mosley says the National Weather Service predicted flooding but not nine-feet above flood stage.

Emergency crews are closing floodgates and major roadways as mudslides damage roads.

Some Harlan County first responders also experienced issues. The Sunshine Fire Department posted on Facebook that the station was flooded because of the heavy rains.

Overnight flooding and continuing heavy rains prompted both Bell County and Knox County to declare a state of emergency on Thursday.

A state of emergency has also been declared for the city of Hyden in Leslie County.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says it has crews out on several roads, clearing mudslides that have made roadways across southeastern Kentucky impassable.


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