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Dog survives Floyd Co. mudslide

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email
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GRETHEL, Ky. (WYMT) - The rain also caused several mudslides across the region, and a dog in Floyd County is lucky to be alive after he was swept away by one.

The whole thing was caught on tape by a home surveillance camera.

His name is Lucky, but before Monday night he had a different name.

"My son was calling him Ted. Since this happened I believe he deserved the name Lucky," said Darcy Howell.

Heavy rains washed down a hillside behind the Howells' house right into Lucky's kennel.

The family says if they did not have chicken wire and fencing up the mudslide would have washed everything including Lucky into the creek and there is no telling what would have happened to him.

"I was just glad the dog was ok. He was so scared he could have got out, but he wouldn't. My son had to go cut him out of the wire to get him out of the cage," said Darcy.

It was not long before the Howells realized the whole ordeal was caught on tape by their surveillance cameras.

"I was shocked at how fast it come. The reason I say that people need to see it because this could happen to someone's house it happened so fast you know what I'm saying. A split second is all it takes for something to happen like that," said Darcy.

Even though Lucky was nearly washed away he was not physically hurt.

"He was still shaking all over last night he was so scared, but he's overcoming it right now," said Darcy.

Giving the Howells a reason to rename their lucky dog and be thankful it was not any worse.

The slide did not damage the Howells' home, but it did cause some damage to their property and a few belongings.


We have video of one of the mudslides in Floyd County.

This video is from Darcy Howell on Route 680 in the Grethel Community. The mud, rocks and a piece of the side of the hill came crashing down into what looks like a shed.

Some equipment was washed away and a dog was in the shed. The family says the dog is ok and is just a little muddy.

The dog was named Ted, but the family changed its name to Lucky because he survived.

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