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State of emergency declared in Johnson & Floyd Counties

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Friday night's storms brought flash flooding, mudslides and severe damage to some parts of eastern Kentucky.

A state of emergency has been issued in Johnson and Floyd Counties.

Paintsville Mayor Bob Porter and Johnson County Judge/Executive Tucker Daniel issued the state of emergency Friday night. The Mayor of Prestonsburg has declared the area a federal disaster area.

Friday's heavy rain caused flooding and mudslides that damaged roads and property.

Assessment teams will be out surveying storm damage on Saturday. Officials urge anyone driving in the area to travel with caution.

Folks living in the Creekside subdivision had to be evacuated on Friday night because of the rising water. Officials say high water entered homes and cars along Spradlin Branch.

High water also washed out part of the intersection of Highways 979 and 1426.

The Kentucky Emergency Operations Center activated the flooding to a level four on Saturday afternoon.

Anyone with residential or commercial property damage and anyone who needs food or shelter can contact Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director Gary McClure at 606-789-2260 or 606-789-4221.


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