Three teams of security and nine disaster assessment teams will be on the ground in Pike County after flooding devastated many areas of the county after Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford and Gov. Steve Beshear both declared a state of emergency.
Raccoon Creek and Harless Creek were hit the hardest, with Raccoon Creek getting nearly completely destroyed.
“It’s awful, I’ve never seen anything like it in all my years of public service” Rutherford said of the damage. “It’s a disaster if I have ever seen one.”
Just as last year, bottled water is scarce and in demand right now and Pike County Ememrgency Management Director Doug Tackett has taken the necessary steps to get water to people.
“We have established several water distribution points throughout the county,” Tackett said. “All of them either have water at them or on its way. The more water we can get in here the better.”
Nearly 10,000 people were without water as of Sunday afternoon, but Grondall Potter of UMG said that number could be as low as 7,000 once the newest assessment is made.
Water distribution points are Feds Creek, Ferrells Creek, Millard, Lookout, Marrowbone, Johns Creek, Elkhorn City and Kimper fire departments.
Many county roads and bridges have also suffered severe damage that has rendered them dangerous or impassable, according to Pike County Road Commissioner Frank Hatcher.
Over 7,000 people were left powerless after the flood but that number is down to around 3,500, according to State Rep. W. Keith Hall, who spoke with officials from Kentucky Power before meeting with Rutherford, State Rep. Leslie Combs, Sen. Ray Jones and Jeff Belcher from Gov. Beshear’s Office.
Emergency shelters are open at Pike Central High School, Pikeville Methodist Church, Pikeville Homeless Shelter and the Pikeville Health Department for those with special medical needs.
All missing people have been accounted for, but two fatalities have been reported.