Heavy rains cause more flooding, mudslides in Knott County

By: Morgan Lentes Email
By: Morgan Lentes Email
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CARRIE, Ky (WYMT) - Folks were just coming off a day of cleanup before Wednesday night's storms struck. People living near Hindman in Knott County once again found themselves battling swift waters. The Carrie community was particularly hard hit.

Trena Hall stands in disbelief looking at the muddy mess that used to be the road leading to her home. It is the second time this week she has watched it wash away.

"I mean it was so loud. It sounded kind of like an airplane motor. It was rushing with that kind of force," said Hall.

The calm after the storm has not stopped the water from flowing and Hall is worried about what the next rain might bring.

"We were able to ditch it away from the house and keep it from doing major damage. But I guess I am just afraid of the weather right now," said Hall.

On Monday, she could still cross the road. But by Thursday, that is simply not possible.

"My daughter and I both needed to be at work this morning and neither of us could get out today," said Hall.

Despite the headache, Hall said she knows she is one of the lucky ones. You can clear away rocks and rubble but you cannot replace a loved one.

"These are things that can be fixed. No one is hurt and that is how I feel about it now. I am just thankful. I am thankful it is what it is," said Hall.

Hall tells WYMT the county came out and cleared the road on Monday. She is hopeful they will be able to clean the roadway again soon.

Just down the road, Anthony Bersaglia is cleaning up on his own. He said the hill on his property has never given him any real problems in the past. However, that all changed Wednesday night.

"We just had a torrential downpour. It rained for, I mean, at least a good two hours. It did not let up, thunder, lightening," said Bersaglia.

He said that is when the ground behind his garage started to slide.

"The dirt just broke loose. The hill has been like that since 1991 but I guess just too much water on the ground and the downpour, it broke loose," said Bersaglia.

The mud ran across the road and over an embankment. It eventually ended up on a road that runs just below Kentucky 550.

"It would just sort of ease up then it would start pouring again. I mean it was a constant hard rain but sometimes just a downpour. It was like you poured it out of a bucket, I guess the old person would say," said Bersaglia.

Bersaglia tells WYMT luckily his home and shop did not suffer any major damage. Still he said this is the worst storm he has seen in a while.

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