The muddy clean-up continues in Leslie County

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

The clean-up continues after severe thunderstorms Thursday night caused mudslides and flooding in Leslie County.

The mess left behind is proving to be difficult for road crews to handle with more rain on the horizon.

It is amazing what heavy rains can do and leave behind for road crews to pick up on roadways that flood waters and mudslides covered.

"Mudslides are something that is going to happen when it rains. Like I said, once the ground is full of water, it can't go anywhere and the ground just gives way and it has to go somewhere," said Michael Caudill, who is with the Kentucky Department of Highways.

But it is not just mud that was pushed onto these highways. The heaviness of it pulled debris down the mountain creating an even bigger mess.

"Trees and stumps and having to get all that out and getting into it. It's dangerous. It's real soft and soupy in places. It's just hard to get to on account of getting stuck in it and something may happen to fall on you," said Caudill.

The more rain, the more likely these mudslides will happen. And there are only more spring showers on the forecast.

"We just take the weather as it comes. If it snows, it snows. If it rains, it rains. We just react to it and try to get the highways open and travel as quick as we can," said Wayne Sizemore, who is with the Kentucky Department of Highways.

Highways 2058 and 1780 are still closed to the public to ensure the safety of everyone and enable road crews to work faster.

Three highways were affected, so road crews are asking for patience and time to wipe the roads clean.

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