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Heavy rain causing several problems

Update 1:52PM:

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)- Two counties in eastern Kentucky have declared local states of emergency after this mornings flooding. Harlan and Owsley counties have declared states of emergency. Officials with Kentucky Emergency Management say that in the Brite Shade area of Clay County several people are stranded due to the high water and swift water rescue teams are trying to reach them. A team from Laurel County has been called in to assist in the rescue efforts.

Original Story:

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)– A stalled out frontal boundary is generating heavy rain across the mountains of eastern Kentucky this Wednesday morning. The rain has caused flooding and mud slides across the area. Here’s a breakdown so far, county by county, of the impacts:

Harlan County: 911 Dispatchers tell us U.S. Highway 119 is down to one lane in Baxter due to flooding. Kentucky Highway 38 has reopened near Evarts after a mud slide had partially blocked the road.

Clay County: 911 Dispatchers say that Greenbriar Road is closed after a vehicle became partially submerged. Also on Richmond Road a van has become partially submerged near the B.P. Station. Dispatchers tell us there are numerous reports of flooding throughout the county.

Knox County: We’ve received several reports from viewers of high water in the Stinking Creek community near Flat Lick. We have a reporter heading to the scene of a possible water rescue.

Leslie County: The Leslie County Sheriff’s office is reporting high water on 421 south bound towards Harlan. They also tell us that power is still out to parts of the northern end of Leslie County from this morning’s storms.

Owsley County: Officials with the Kentucky Department of Highways have told us that high water has closed Highways 3347 and 3346.

Pike County: Officials with the Kentucky Department of Highways say that a mudslide has Town Mountain Road down to one lane. They say it could be as late as tomorrow morning before the road is completely cleared.

Martin County: Officials with the Kentucky Department of Highways say that roads are impassable due to high water in several places in Martin County:

·KY 1225 between mile points 5 and 6 at Rockhouse, on the Tomahawk side

·KY 40 at Tomahawk between mile points 4 and 5

·KY 40 at Blacklog between mile points 14 and 15

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