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Crews work to clear mudslides in Franklin County

Even though the rain has ended it's still causing some major problems for drivers. Mud slides continue to block roads in Franklin county many could be shut down for days. Several inches of rain caused the ground to give way.

The record rain fall is proving to be too much for these roads in Frankfort. Crews are working around the clock to clear KY 420 or Old Lawrenceburg Road near the East West Connector, heading toward the parking structure for the capitol building.

"We are out here. We brought in additional personnel and additional equipment. We'll be running 24 hours a day until this section is open. So the drivers can get to the capital complex," says Chris Sloan, Section Supervisor of Franklin County Highway Department.

KY 420 is expected to be reopened by this weekend. But a larger slide on KY 1263 or Big Eddy Road on the river may take much longer.

"Maybe a few weeks before the whole stretch is completely open," says Sloan.

The swollen KY River is not the only reason this road collapsed. A major mud slide caused what was left of the road to fall down to the bank.

Bob Lewis has lived by the KY River for more than 40 years and says the water didn't get that high it was enough to take the sediment from under the road.

"The rains have complicated it because it's coming down the hill and washing underneath the road and it's making it worse. I've never seen this amount of rain in that amount of time," says Lewis.

Bob says it does add time to his drive. "It puts another 5-10 minutes on our trip but it doesn't bother me too much because it cuts down on the traffic and sightseers," adds Lewis.


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