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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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