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Mud slide damages Harlan County home

HARLAN, Ky. (WYMT) - Flash flooding damaged several parts of Harlan County, washing over roads and flooding several basements, and at least one home fell victim to a mud slide.

Harlan County emergency management had their hands full Wednesday, as creeks overflowed their banks and flooded roads and basements.

"It is just flash flooding but it is a significant flash flooding event," said Harlan County emergency management director David McGill. "People need to be careful when they are driving for water standing in the roadways."

Mud slides were another problem Wednesday. In Verda, part of a hill came loose and slid into a man's house, knocking it off its foundations.

"I stood and watched it take it on over," said Harlan County native George Harrison. "It slid the house about five foot."

County officials told George Harrison he needed to evacuate the road where he lives, but he says he is not going anywhere.

"I said I ain't leaving. I said I don't have to leave. I ain't in no immediate danger. If I'd been in immediate danger I'd be the first one to get out of this holler."

The rains have stopped but high water continues to threaten homes and businesses. Officials in Harlan County say it will be a long time before things get back to normal.

Harrison says this is not the first time he has lost his home, and he plans to rebuild.

"The Lord giveth to me. You know what? The Lord can give me another one. Don't bother me a bit," he said.

High water may wash away homes, but not, it would seem, the spirits of the people of Harlan County.

Emergency management officials say they will continue making welfare checks and searching for flood damage. If your home was damaged, you are asked to call Harlan County Emergency Management at 606-573-6082.


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