Flooding Is Ongoing Across Eastern Kentucky

The flooding hit parts of the Big Sandy region very hard.

Highway department officials say most roads are open now.

The following roads are still closed due to high water, backwater, or slides (current as of 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2007):

FLOYD COUNTY

KY 194 Mile point 5.4 to Pike County line at mile point 12.155.
KY 302 Mile point 3.

LAWRENCE COUNTY

KY 1700 Mile point 000-001 near US 23 intersection.

MARTIN COUNTY

KY 292 Various spots along the road throughout the county.
KY 1714 Wolf Creek; several spots.

PIKE COUNTY

KY 460 Shelbiana; mile point zero to one, pavement failure; detour marked for KY 1460 (Chloe Road)

KY 1426 Town Mountain Road; slide.

KY 611 Poor Bottom; between mile points one and two; slide.

All other roads are now open.

The sky was sunny and blue in Shelbiana on Monday, but the damage on US 460 is a reminder of the day before.

Highway department officials are taking a look at the damage throughout the Big Sandy area and fixing any problems the rain left behind.

The Commissioner of the Department of Highways, Marc D. Williams, said some roads are in better condition than others, “We've got a lot of roads that have reopened the flood waters have subsided but we've got a lot of roads like US 460 here that are going to be in need of some significant repair work.”

Officials say US 460 is one of the busiest in Pike County so they are doing everything they can to clean up and repair the highway.

There is some good news, they say even though these power lines are almost on the ground, no one in the county lost power and there were no injuries.

“We'll be out there twenty four, seven until we get the roads clear inspecting bridges, cleaning culverts and clearing debris off the roads,” Williams said.

Dan Hall says it could take several weeks for the road to be completely repaired and it's important that everyone be patient.

The Pike County Judge-Executive has declared a state of emergency for that county.

If you see any other damage in the Big Sandy area or have any problems traveling.

Officials ask you to call the highway department at 606-433-7791.


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  • by Melissa Location: Sidney, KY on Apr 16, 2007 at 07:17 PM
    The picture with the flooding around the church is very dear to me. My grandfather helped build this church and I can't stand the thought of losing this church to the Tug Fork RIver!
  • by kk Location: sa on Apr 16, 2007 at 06:07 PM
    i dont think we should have school tommarow
  • by leann Location: greasy on Apr 16, 2007 at 05:26 PM
    r there school b/c of some of the roads arent cleared???
  • by ronnie jo Location: dorton on Apr 16, 2007 at 02:34 PM
    is there school cause some hollowers aren't clear
  • by Me Location: Stopover,ky on Apr 16, 2007 at 11:55 AM
    even though all of these roads aren't clear they are still having school in pike county on 4-17 07.i called and the lady said that it was on regular schedule.what are they gonna do about widows branch and woodman and hurricane.they was another slide in hurricane this morning.the bus can't get through.what about the safety of the kids and the drivers.i think they should call all county schools off that was hit by this flood until all the roads are clear and in good shape...
  • by cody Location: caney on Apr 16, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    is caney or poorbottom fair to drive on
  • by Anonymous Location: turkey creek on Apr 16, 2007 at 09:33 AM
    turkey creek road is clear!!
  • by i Location: stone on Apr 16, 2007 at 06:15 AM
    last nite a couple of friends and i went out and looked beside the mexican restraunt the water got to the bottom part of 2 cars and took over sum people yard due to them living close to the river
  • by gwen Location: kimper on Apr 16, 2007 at 04:48 AM
    anyone have an update on the road between the kimper school and the cookie factory? its 7:50 am now pls post a time when u post so i will know
  • by Anonymous Location: Turkey Creek,Ky on Apr 16, 2007 at 03:37 AM
    Turkey Creek (Taylor Fork) concret bridge is clear. Water level with bridge. Sue asked how to get from Williamson to Turkey Creek, either go thru Slaters Branch or Big Creek, come thru Hatfield. There is a bridge looking thing over the road right after that there is a road on the right(if coming from Big Creek), it will take you thru Long Branch. Right now thats the only way we have to get in or out until the water goes down.

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