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Road crews clean up after flooding damaged Harlan Co. roads

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

HARLAN, Ky (WYMT) - Road crews in Harlan County spent the day cleaning out culverts and fixing damaged roads.

Wildcat Hollow was one area that saw flash flooding Wednesday morning that also damaged a few homes.

"There is probably anywhere from 4-6 inches of mud, rock and debris," said Nancy Cox who lives on Wildcat Hollow.

She says the road did not look like this on Tuesday.

"Every time it rains you either expect to get water washed into the side of the house, or down the driveway, or a tree to fall here or there, but this was something. It happened really, really quick," said Nancy Cox.

Officials say a lot of heavy rain over a short period of time clogged up a culvert and caused the water to rush down the road, breaking up pavement and leaving a trail of mud.

"We had it kind of stopped up there in house with towels and rugs to kind of keep it from rushing through the house, and we stacked up rocks to divert the water back onto the road," said Andy Cox.

He has not assessed the damage under his home to see how much mud and water is under it.

"It was just so much in a short period of time that the culverts couldn't handle it, the ditches couldn't handle it, it just overflowed," said Magistrate Bill Moore.

He says it will take months to replace the culverts and repair the roads, but right now they are just trying to clean the culverts out preparing for another round of rain Friday.

Officials hope to receive FEMA money to pay for the road repairs.


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