Road Being Repaired After April Floods

By: Peter O'Connor Email
By: Peter O'Connor Email

The flash flooding we saw back in April probably seems like a distant memory now, but some people in Leslie County are still dealing with the problems a mudslide left behind. The slide shut down Preachers Fork Road. County officials say they are finally ready to fix it, thanks to a FEMA grant.

The Preachers Fork Road mud slide last April left a mess behind.

"When it came, it just slowly started slipping off little at a time and then finally it just all came off," said James Hays.

The mudslide forced county officials to close the road temporarily. Now the road will be closed to make permanent upgrades.

"There's about one hundred fifty linear feet of steel that goes in there, forty feet long each, going down in the side of the road," said Charles Pence with Leslie County Emergency Management.

Officials say they will close Preachers Fork Road for three days beginning September 4th.

"As you can see, they came back in and graveled the road and did the best they could," Hays said.

Officials say all drivers will have make adjustments, including Leslie County bus drivers.

"We kind of had to do what we're talking about now, ask parents to bring their kids up to Lee Cove Road which it was an inconvenience, but its just a safety issue," Sparks said.

Officials hope Preachers Fork Road will reopen September 7th.

County officials say if you have any questions, you should call 606-672-3407.

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