Massive flooding in Pike County

By: Brandon Robinson Email
By: Brandon Robinson Email

Several communities in Pike County are cleaning up after heavy rain leads to weekend flooding.

Judge Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Governor Steve Beshear have placed the county under a state of emergency.

Governor Beshear is touring the region today, looking at the damage.

Two people are confirmed dead from flooding related incidents.

Police tell Mountain News Craig Morris, of the Carrie Community, had stopped on the U.S. 119 bridge in the Zebulon area on Saturday night to look over the bridge to check on a loved ones home when he fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

We're told the second death was in the Chloe Creek area. The Pike County Coroner's office tells Mountain News Danna Sue Walters was the victim there.

Officials have opened several shelters to those displaced by flooding:

Pike County Central High School
Pikeville Homeless Shelter
Pike County Health Department (Open for special needs cases)

The Pikeville United Methodist Church and the Expo Center are no longer being used as shelters.

The Christian Appalachian Project is setting up a disaster center at First Presbyterian Church in Pikeville. They will start training volunteers to help on Monday.

We're told all of those who were missing during the flooding are accounted for.

This is the worst flooding to hit Pike County, since Mother's Day weekend of 2009, when much of the area was damaged by flood waters.

Several groups are taking up donations of food, clothing and cleaning supplies for those affected.

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