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Heavy rains lead to flash flooding across Eastern Kentucky

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT)- Update 1:30 a.m.- August 23, 2014

We continue to receive reports about Flash Flooding and damage from them across Eastern Kentucky. Here’s a roundup of some of the reports sent into our friends at the National Weather Service office in Jackson, KY. If you have damage reports send them to pics.

From Johnson County we’ve received reports water was flowing over Highway 40 in Williamsport. Also near Williamsport, part of the road from the bottom of 2 mile hill to Meade Elementary School was flooded over.

In Martin County reports came in of KY 645 near the Martin County line partially flooded from the runoff. In Tomahawk, two and half feet of water were flowing over Route 40.

Pike County has seen several reports of flooding. Hurricane Creek was reported flooded in multiple locations, with Hurricane Road reported completely covered. Water was also reported in the Old Regular Church near Owsley. Stone Coal Creek was reported out of its banks and across the road on Stone Coal Road near Walmart. In Johns Creek, there were reports of water flowing over Route 3227. Also in Pike County near Coal Run, there were reports of flooding on Kinnikinnick Lane with folks trapped in a home.

Floyd County and specifically Prestonsburg were hard hit. About a foot and half of water was reported over Highway 1427. Most of downtown had water standing in the roads at one point during the evening. Prestonsburg Mayor Jerry Fannin told our Tanner Hesterberg this was worse than the flood of Memorial Day 2004, and he will be seeking disaster aid for the city.

Original Story 10:00 p.m.- August 22, 2014:

Floyd County KY 1428 was impassable with several feet of water flowing over the roadway. The Creekside Subdivision near the confluence of Potts Branch and Abbott Creek was being evacuated due to rising water.

Flood water was reported to have entered homes and vehicles along Spradlin Branch.

High water with the road partially washed out at the junction of KY 979 and KY 1426.

A member of the public reported that, as of 9:45 p.m., there was a foot of water flowing across Route 3227 from Joe's Creek into Johns Creek. The water first began flowing across the road between 8:15 and 8:30 p.m.


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