After overnight rescues, clean up begins from flooding
KENTUCKY (WTVQ) – Emergency crews in Casey and several other counties have been busy overnight after heavy rains brought flooding.
In Casey County, Emergency Management has asked people to stay in their homes and not to get out on the road. Several agencies have been working to help with water rescues. Many homes and businesses have been flooded, the fairgrounds in Liberty being just one.
Some roadways have also been washed out.
Groups spent Monday morning dealing with the messy clean up of mud and debris. The Casey County Fairgrounds was among the places hit, but locals said as bad as it was, it’s been worse there.
The Village Restaurant in Liberty took a hit that may take a little longer from which to recover.
“It’s just heartbreaking,” said restaurant owner Donna Rigney. “You work so hard everyday to have a place and to keep it up and be here for the community and then it just all gets washed away, but then you have the community to come back. They’re all here for everybody. It’s a wonderful place to be from.”
Rigney says some of her appliances were destroyed or damaged so they will have to be replaced. And they’ll have to check for mold damage so it will be a little while before she reopens. But she’s had to do it before after flooding.
Some Liberty residents say it’s some of the worst flooding since 2010.
Whole pieces of pavement washed out from the roadway and a shed damaged near Bethany Enterprise Baptist Church in Morgan County. Church leaders say they are thankful the church itself wasn’t damaged.
In Powell County, three campers are back home after being rescued at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. County search and rescue says the campers were moving to higher ground but accidentally drove into swift water. They were eventually able to get out of the vehicle and everyone is okay.
In Wolfe County, two backpackers were rescued after a creek overran its banks and became impassable. Rescue teams say they had to use nearly every piece of equipment they had to get the two out.
About 30 campers had to be evacuated in Menifee County after water rose there faster than expected. Red River Adventure owner Ernis Braden says it took just hours to rise about 20 feet higher than normal. Braden says he lost about 40 kayaks and several picnic tables in floodwater.
As waters start to recede, emergency crews continue to enforce Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Drivers who aren’t sure how deep the water is, should turn around and find another way to go.