Kentucky Democratic candidate for Governor Steve Beshear, accompanied by his wife, Jane, speaks with reporters after voting in Becknerville, Ky., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
In light of devastating flash floods, Governor Steve Beshear activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center Sunday and declared a State of Emergency for Pike County to allow necessary assistance to quickly get to those in need. The flooding has caused the loss and damage of property, significant impact to county infrastructure and two confirmed fatalities.
“I was very saddened to hear of the deaths and devastation caused by this weekend’s severe flooding,” said Gov. Beshear. “My administration is committed to assisting impacted Kentuckians through this disaster, and this order will help us supply whatever resources are necessary.”
Hardest hit areas in Pike County include Raccoon Creek, Chole Creek, Marrowbone Creek, Red Creek, Pompey Creek and John’s Creek. Along Harless Creek, five people were reported missing but later found safe. A mobile home park along Raccoon Creek has reported several homes damaged or destroyed, and damage assessments will be ongoing throughout the day. Much of the county’s water system received damage, and it may be several days before water is restored.
Pike County officials have declared a local State of Emergency, as rescue workers evacuated residents along creeks and water drainages. As water recedes, search crews are conducting door-to-door wellness checks within the impacted areas. Shelters have been opened at Pike County Central High School, Cedar Bottom Church and Pikeville Methodist Church, and a special medical needs shelter is open at the East Kentucky Expo Center.