Flash flooding causes dangerous driving conditions

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

Mother Nature left her mark in Knott and Perry Counties which caused a headache for many drivers.

Those who drove on Kentucky roadways and others who witnessed the downpours all said they were quick, but managed to cover the roads.

“Probably ten fifteen minutes, it was raining so hard, maybe twenty, it got deep quick,” said Josh Hunt, who witnessed the flooding on Highway 476.

Roads were covered, creeks were filled and people were left to deal with the mess. A mud slide shut down part of Highway 15 in Knott County.

“This here, this is about the worst I have seen through here,” said Norman Bradley, a motorcyclist who was the first person stopped in the traffic jam.
“Normally if this happens they would at least have one lane open.”

Roads in Perry County resembled wading pools.

“It was really bad, the water was probably I would say a good three and a half, four foot deep and cars was going really slow,” said Hunt.
“There was just about a wreck right here at the curve.”

After a drought, some said they think they would like to have a happy medium, instead of one extreme, to the next.

“We didn't need it this quick,” said Hunt.
“It would have been alright if it would have just barely rained all day, drizzled that would have been best, but not this big storm like we got.”

Perry County Judge Executive Denny Ray Noble said the conditions take a toll on the pavement.

“We need the rain we just don't need fast rain like this,” said Noble.
“It does a lot of damage to the county roads, it does a lot of damages to homes when the trees fall.”

Noble said there are people living along Highway 28 without power and county workers have done their best to clean up all downed trees and debris so workers can restore power to those customers.

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