Perry County cleaning up after flash flood

By: Tim Johnston
By: Tim Johnston

PERRY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Big Creek Elementary became an appropriate name for the school after the nearby creek spilled into the hallways, leaving standing water and a layer of mud over everything.

"Looking this morning, it looks like the water got up to about the first course of block on the interior of the hallway," described the school's principal, Jeff Castle.

In a quick assessment of the damage, Principal Castle said the kindergarten classroom was destroyed in the flood. The principal said it's the first time in ten years, the waters have been this high.

That was only the start of the clean up around the community, after an estimated three to four inches of rain fell in the Monday night storm. In some places, people reported nearly two feet of standing water.

"The current was actually pushing all the way over to the garage and you couldn't walk out in it. When I come off the steps it was already up to my waist," recalled Brandon Bush, who lives near the creek.

Bush still can't get over the sight of his vehicles smashed up against his neighbor's bridge, after they were swept away in the flash flood.

"The water had come up so fast, I mean I've never seen water come up that fast in my life."

"They (the vehicles) come down this creek and the lights kept going on and off, on the truck, and I thought someone was in there," added Pleas Phizer, Bush's neighbor.

In the fury of the storm, there were even reports of people needing to be rescued from the high waters, which wasn't hard to believe for these victims.

"I know if I went out there, it would've sucked me down the creek," said Bush.

Now it's time to the clean up, and for those in the Perry County community that may take a while to complete, especially at the school, where Principal Castle said it's unclear how long it will take to clean up the classrooms.

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