Cleanup underway in Knott County

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

Dozens of people are now back in their homes in Knott County after being evacuated during Wednesday's storms.

Heavy rains caused a silt pond to overflow causing major flooding on Breeding Creek Road.

Shawn Foland has seen it rain many times on Breeding Creek Road, but never hard enough to send his 5-week old culvert and everything that went with it down stream.

"As soon as I turned around the culvert shot out like a bullet," said Foland.

Water more than one foot deep crept up into yards and swiftly moved large rocks with ease.

It rushing over bridges and tore up pavement.

"It came up over the 32 foot of concrete and washed off the front of the dam," said Regina Niece with Four Star Village Special Events Lake.

The water left damage to the board walks and the storage room, and the gazebo may have to be torn down.

Even the silt pond above the lake will have to be cleaned out so that when it does rain, the same thing will not happen again.

A state of emergency has been declared in Knott County.

The pond has been deemed safe by officials in Frankfort.

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