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Mudslide runs into garage in Floyd County

By: Hillary Thornton Email
By: Hillary Thornton Email
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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The rain caused problems in Floyd County where a mudslide went into one man's garage. This isn't the first time a slide has damaged his property on Knotty Hollow Road in the Lancer community.

Once again, Ballard Plummer, is sweeping a muddy mess out of his garage.

Plummer says, "We just did all this work and got it all cleaned up and then we got this other rain and it came back off the hill again."

Living on Knotty Hollow Road for more than 50 years, he says he has never had problems with flooding or slides...until recently. He says it scares him that the rainy spring season is just getting started.

"I don't have much to look forward to the next two months at least," says Plummer.

It is the third time in less than a year heavy rains sent a mess sliding off the mountain and onto his property.

"It is kind of like the rapids coming down, water coming down, rocks rolling, mud, and dirt," explains Plummer.

He says the noise of the slide woke him up. Then once he got outside the mud and water were already in his garage.

"Every time it starts raining you hear the trees start cracking and popping at the front of the house," he explains.

Plummer worked through the night to clean; a routine he is becoming all too familiar with and a situation causing worry.

"That's the first thing that hits you when you are away...'Am I going to have a home to come back to?' With that big slide on the hill in front of me just waiting to come down, it is like a cocked gun. You cant get away, you can't hardly sleep at night," explains Plummer.

He says he feels like sitting target and all he can do is hope the slide does not eventually reach his nearby home.

Plummer says the mud made its way all the way up to his porch during two of the recent slides.


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