Lee County declares state of emergency for flooding

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 10:55 AM EDT
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BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WKYT) - Lee County has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain.

The announcement came Friday morning.

“We have a plan in place and when these things happen we activate the emergency plan and it helps us mitigate things pretty effortlessly,” said Jon Allen with Lee County Emergency Management.

From high atop their hill in Beattyville, Lee County Emergency Management officials have been managing the responses to the flash flooding they’ve seen.

“We have several slips that are covering the roadways. We’ve lost some bridges on some of our secondary county roads, quite a bit of debris on the roadways. We did have one water rescue this morning but fortunately we were able to just stand by and watch the water recede,” Allen said.

Our Grason Passmore is in Lee County tracking the damage. Down trees, utility poles, and whole parts of roads were washed away in the flooding.

The main problems crews are dealing with now are they’ll have to do major repairs to infrastructure which means getting roadways back open, especially for emergency personnel to be able to get through.

There is also a water main break in the Blains Branch area, impacting about 25 people.

Allen says they have enough supplies to distribute water to those without.

They’re also working to restore electricity now.

Allen says they’ve been able to get more work done now that it’s finally stopped raining and says they are looking at long term repairs that he’s not sure how long will take to get done at this point.

The other area with the most damage is Wide Creek area. There’s smaller problems throughout the county.

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