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Heavy rains cause flooding in eastern Kentucky

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - WKYT is tracking flooding around the state following this weekend's heavy rains. Perry, Knott and Breathitt counties in eastern Kentucky have been the hardest hit.

Flood waters closed Highway 476 between Hardburly and Darfork in Perry County for a time. The waters eventually receded and the road is back open. High water also left Highway 550 at Highway 160 in Hindman in Knott County impassable.

"I'm normally here by about 7:30 a.m. and I was late this morning because of the rain and I called work and was letting them know I was coming and they're like 'you're not going to be able to get passed'," says Chris Boyd, who works along Highway 550.

Police and firefighters have the road closed. They don't know, right now, when it will reopen.

"This is definitely something that we're going to have problems with. It normally floods over here, you know sometimes, a little bit. But, I haven't seen anything like this since I've been working here in the last few years," says Boyd.

There are also reports of flooding near the Hazard Community and Technical College in Hindman and Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes. HCTC officials canceled 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. classes at the Hindman branch. They will make a decision about afternoon classes later. The parking lot of the Hindman Settlement School is also covered by water. The Hindman First Baptist Church is in the process of clearing about four inches of water out of their youth center.

Other reports of high water include flooding in or near the Buckhorn School and Davidson Baptist Church in Perry County.


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