Mudslides Cover Roads in the Mountains

By: MacKenzie Bates Email
By: MacKenzie Bates Email

Mudslides were also a common problem across the region today.

We went to several slides, including one in Knott County where a couple woke up to find not only the odds, but two of their cars, stacked against them.

Matthew Mullins stayed up late listening to the rain. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and when he went outside, he was surprised to find this truck lying on top of his car.

“Eventually I fell asleep and my wife come and awake me and she said there was mud and trees everywhere on our vehicles and up against our house,” Mullins says.

“We've went through one thing after another and now this,” Mullins says. “Didn't even see the vehicle on top of my car until she hollered and told me that a second time.”

In Leslie County, a mudslide closed a section of U.S. 421 just north of Hyden, which caused headache for some drivers.

“This is a major route throughout the county,” Emergency Management Director James Couch says. “It's a major inconvenience I’m sure but we just ask that they be patient and we're working as hard we can to get things back to normal.”

This slide blocked one lane on Route 699 in Leatherwood but crews were able to clear that quickly.

Couch says crews are still looking at clearing things up throughout Leslie County.

“Everything look pretty much typical for a spring storm but we should have things looking better,” Couch says. “The forecast is looking better for us so we should have things looking better today.”

Crews are expected to be out until all the roads are cleared for traffic.

Officials say they will call out more crews if necessary to help clean up.


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