Cumberland Valley escapes extreme flood

By: Kendall Downing Email
By: Kendall Downing Email

Tuesday night the problem was too much rain, and that led to some problems in the Cumberland Valley region.

Most of the creeks and streams are now receding.
Business owners in Middlesboro are thankful Tuesday night's rain stopped when it did.

"We came down here about 9 o'clock and it was coming up in our driveway," said Tim Buttery, a local business owner.

Water flooded the downtown area Tuesday night.

"It didn't get into the shop, but there were cracks in the floor. Water did come up through the crack in the floor," said Buttery.

Water creeped up to Tim Buttery's store front but never made it inside. Those waters are long gone, leaving just a few puddles behind.

"We were sure lucky that it didn't get up into our building," said Buttery.

Water remained high through Knox County. Wednesday morning it covered part of Kentucky 11.

And by Wednesday afternoon the water was still high near Kentucky 229.

Officials said this flood could have been worse.

"It took a long time for it to get to a point of saturation. Once you get to a point of saturation that's when you see the water levels rise," said Jonathan Dobson, with the Kentucky Department of Highways.

"We've seen it time and time again," said Buttery.

Weather conditions folks throughout the Commonwealth are used to.

"Wintertime in Kentucky is interesting. You go from one extreme to the next," said Dobson.

Water is still high in the streams along Kentucky Highway 11 in Clay and Knox Counties, but the roadway is open.

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