Knott County hit hard by heavy rains and rising water

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
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HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - From covered roads to flooded out churches, Monday's high water left its mark in several counties. One of the worst areas was Hindman.

Hindman First Baptist Church Pastor Mike Caudill heard the rain start Monday morning. But what happened next surprised him.

"It just kept raining, raining and raining," said Caudill.

He got a call that the church's youth center was under about four inches of water.

"This is something that we have not seen before. This is a tremendous amount of water and it was backing up. Really, it was surprising when you opened the door, you were going to step into it," said Caudill.

Chris Boyd, who lives in the area, tells WYMT that a rising Troublesome Creek caused a lot of the problems downtown.

"When you get from Mallie to Hindman, there is quite a bit of flooding, especially just rising from the creek," said Boyd.

Pastor Caudill said this is the worst he has seen in a while.

"It is just overflowing its banks, filling up the streets, backing up into driveways. It is up the hills close to their homes and it is really both ends of town," said Caudill.

However, with help from some church members, he thinks the youth center will be okay.

"They have been working really hard to get this stuff taken care of," said Caudill.

Areas near the Hindman Settlement School and the intersection of Highway 550 and 160 were also particularly hard hit. For much of the day, the intersection in Hindman was underwater.

Boyd works nearby and said it was an interesting drive to the office.

"I had already driven past the School of Craft and it was flooded immensely. Then to get here and to not be able to get through and it happened so quick, it is a concern," said Boyd.

Emergency crews closed the road temporarily.

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