High water causes headaches in Bell County

ARJAY, Ky. (WYMT) - The Bell County judge-executive says people had plenty of warning that this storm was coming, and fortunately there were no injuries. He says the high water is a headache, but nothing folks are not used to.

Some parts of Bell County received more than 2 inches of rain in just a few hours Wednesday. People in low lying areas say they were watching the water line closely.

"I went to Middlesboro earlier today," said Arjay resident Curtis Ogan. "About one o'clock it was just right there at those trees, then when I got home it's plumb up here, plumb up to the driveway."

Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock says county and state workers have been hard at work, trying to lessen the damage.

"Flooded roads are hard for us to combat, but there are certain situations where we can assist them," he said. "When debris stops up tiles or backs up against bridges, and you know we've done some of that."

The high water certainly gave folks here in Bell County a scare, but Judge Brock says all in all things could have been a lot worse.

"We knew the rain was coming. Folks had plenty of time to heed all the warnings that they had received and get themselves situated appropriately," he said.

Brock says he is thankful that no injuries were reported. He says the people of Bell County are resilient, and know what to do when the water starts to rise.

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