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Flash floods leave people stranded

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
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CLAY COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Officials declared a state of emergency in Clay County and several people had to be rescued from their homes that were surrounded by water.

Wednesday’s flash floods came up quicker than people in the Mills Creek area expected

Folks say the Bright Shade area of Mills Creek often floods but never as bad as it did Wednesday.

Renee Smallwood says that once her family noticed the high water, it was too late to get out.

“They were in the bed asleep and were already trapped in their trailer. Then mom said she tried to step out of the trailer and it was up to her waist and so swift that she couldn't get through it,” said Smallwood.

And like several others, they called for rescue crews to take them to higher ground.

“They called 911 and told them that they couldn't get out of the trailer, and told them they wanted someone to come get them. They can't get no boats over there it's too swift,” said Smallwood.

Officials say 6 people were rescued from their homes.

But once volunteers reached Smallwood's family, it was no longer raining, so they decided to wait it out.

“It's calming down a lot and quick because we can now see grass in this field and if it calms down enough I can walk to the field and get to them,” said Smallwood.

People say this was the worst flash flood they've ever seen.

A shelter is being provided at the red bird mission in Clay County for anyone that needs it.

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