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Rising water threatening homes in eastern Kentucky

People in parts of Floyd County are dealing with high water.

In the Maytown community, people say the water was up to a foot deep at one time.

The water continues to flood streets, and it's also pouring into some homes.

People say the water started rising quickly this morning, so they had to scramble to get to higher ground.

Some people in Maytown voluntarily evacuated overnight. They're now returning home to save what belongings they can.

Officials in Floyd County report water in several homes across the western part of the county.

School officials say McDowell Elementary School has about a foot of water in some parts of the building. Classes there were canceled Wednesday.

School officials the school may not be able to reopen until next week

Many roads in Floyd County were blocked due to high water and mudslides. However, most roads have since been cleared.

People impacted by the high water are worried it will continue to rise.

"From 3:30 (this morning) on, hard rain, wind, lots of water everywhere," Johnny Wayne, who lives in Maytown, said. "I've been up watching the water since then."

"There's so much hassle with it (the water)," Brandon Brown, who lives in Maytown, said. "You got to get everything out, put everything up, and go back and start all over again."

Officials with the state highway department say they have crews all over Floyd County working to clear debris from roads, and to keep an eye on the water.

There have also been power outages reported in Floyd, Pike, Martin, and Johnson Counties because of storms. Crews are working to restore power as fast as possible.

We're also told strong winds Tuesday also blew some roofs off a few businesses in Pikeville.


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