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Flooding in Central Kentucky

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

Days of rain have led to flooding across our region. One of the hardest hit areas is in a neighborhood off Tates Creek Road just across the Jessamine County line.

But it wasn't hard to find high water anywhere in Central Kentucky Saturday. At Tates Creeks Estates, dozens of people trapped in their homes had to be rescued by boat.

Katherine Pierce tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "They woke us up and told us the creek was rising fast and to get out so I went ahead and left, but my husband didn't want to go. We pulled him out later this morning, but the water is already past the outlets in the house. We've lost it all."

Another resident, Sam Collier, was sitting in his car at a stop sign in the neighborhood when he realized he was in trouble. "The water was about to my tires, and I got out to help another person with a stalled car.
Within 15 minutes, water was coming in my door. It was moving cars around. It came up very fast."

By mid-day Saturday, fire department rescue squads in the neighborhood had to be exhausted. Fire Chief Michael Rupard says, "About 3 o'clock this morning we started pulling people out of the flooded area. I think we got 26 out of here last night. This morning, we've already got 14, and we've got 6 more residents in the houses we're getting ready to clear now. Some of the people are coming out voluntarily and some are trying to ride it out. The water is still coming up."

Sam Collier helped get some of his older neighbors out of their homes. He says, "It was kind of hard with a lot of debris coming through the water which was really rushing."

A section of Tates Creek Road in Jessamine County had to be blocked off for much of the day, and the city of Nicholasville had its own problems. Fire Chief Rupard says he has lived there for 17 years, and he's never seen the water so high.

Floods also destroyed part of a church camp in Lexington. The Bluegrass Christian Camp and Retreat Center on Athens - Boonesboro Road lost a maintenance building and the entire camp is a mess. Workers there say Boone's Creek was at its highest in 20 years.


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