Governor Beshear declares state of emergency due to flooding

Floods blocked Kentucky State Route 2059 in the Stopover area of Pike County.
Floods blocked Kentucky State Route 2059 in the Stopover area of Pike County.(John Lowe/WSAZ)
Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 12:06 PM EST
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - Governor Andy Beshear declared a state of emergency due to heavy weekend rainfall across Kentucky.

According to Gov. Beshear’s office, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center is activated and monitoring reports from county emergency services agencies.

“By declaring a state of emergency, we can mobilize the state resources needed to support the cities and counties affected by this heavy rainfall,” said Gov. Beshear. “We are acting swiftly to ensure the safety and security of Kentucky families and to get the needed help to our communities.”

The Kentucky National Guard has been activated and is responding to assist with high water emergencies.

“The impact of extremely heavy rainfall and flash flooding across the commonwealth led to numerous emergency rescues and evacuations in counties from west to east,” said Michael Dossett, director of KYEM. “The Governor’s state of emergency activated the National Guard, and we have been coordinating requests for assistance from counties across the state.”

The Governor’s office gave some basic safety tips for staying safe in flooding situations.

  • Avoid walking or driving through floodwater - “Turn around. Don’t drown.”
  • Do not drive over bridges that are above fast moving floodwater. Water can scour foundation material from around the footings and make the bridge unstable.
  • Just six inches of moving water can knock you down. One foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

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