Early Morning Flooding Leads To Evacuations


High waters force people to leave their homes early Sunday morning when a creek jumps its bank and becomes a river.

It's been a wet and wild day for many people in Eastern Kentucky. People in the Garrett and Wayland communities of Floyd County woke up to see their houses threatened by high waters. They quickly left their homes but for many of these people, they say flooding has become routine.

From Highway 80, it appears much of Garrett is underwater. Roads, houses, playgrounds and cars all submerged.

"It's a good 5 to 6 feet away from it. It keeps raining, it's looking pretty bad," said Garrett resident Thomas Craft.

Thomas Craft and his neighbors quickly left their homes to wait out the weather in their cars and trucks. Some people were rescued, but firefighters say no one was hurt. For most it seemed to just be a minor inconvenience.

"Its' pretty rough. You just have to wait it out," Craft said.

The flooding along Beaver Creek could be seen for miles along Highway 7. Parts of it were under water, too. Some turned and it even stopped a sheriff's deputy. Others decided to risk it.

"I could see if they didn't have any other way out of town. They just like to put out and do this," said Wayland resident Terry Hill.

In Wayland, many people gathered just to watch people driving through the high waters. A nearby gas station was threatened by high waters and the traffic made matters worse.

"Yeah and it's crazy because when they came this way, all the waves came inside the store," said Jerry Moore.

"They all come out and watch it. Always do see. What fool goes through here in their vehicle," Wayland Mayor Tommy Robinson.


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