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Mudslides blocking roads in Franklin County

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email
Emergency crews say two roads are closed due to mudslides, including Highway 420, just off the East-West Connector in Frankfort.

Mudslide on Highway 420 in Franklin County

It's going to be a busy couple of days for road crews in Franklin County.

Tuesday morning's rain not only flooded some roads, it even triggered mudslides that have now blocked a couple of roads.

One mudslide has blocked both lanes of Highway 420 (Old Lawrenceburg Road), just off the East-West Connector in Frankfort.

Large trees, rocks, and brush have now blocked the road.

A second, but smaller, mudslide is also blocking Highway 1263 near the river. Officials say gushing water washed away trees and mud.

Emergency crews in Frankfort say they've received 4 inches of rain since Monday night.

"It's been crazy, we are working around the clock trying to keep up with all of this water," said Chris Slone, Section Supervisor for Franklin County.

Since Tuesday morning, crews have surveyed seven mudslides, mostly along 420. Another one on Big Eddy Rd. closed that roadway and washed part of it away into the Kentucky River.

"Big Eddy Road will be closed indefinitely until we believe it is safe to return and begin the rebuilding process," said Slone.

Flooding rains also caused problems in Downtown Frankfort, where several residents along Holmes street were forced to seek higher ground.

"At one point the water was up to my knees," said Ray Richardson.

"It rained all night and I knew when I walked outside this morning there was going to be a lot of water around my house, and I was right," said Darius Weatherspoon.

Most of the water had receded by the afternoon. Officials say the mudslides are still their biggest concern.

They say they will use chainsaws, backhoes, front loaders, bulldozers, and other equipment to clear the roads blocked by mudslides.

Those actions will begin on Wednesday morning.

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