Estill County residents deal with flooding, several roads remain closed

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RAVENNA, Ky. (WKYT) - The Kentucky River is expected to crest near 27 feet in Estill County Monday night.

As of Monday afternoon, the river was at 25 1/2 feet. Flood stage starts at 21 feet.

Estill County Emergency Management teams have closed multiple roads in the area because of flooding. The following roads are covered with water and shut down:

  • Red Lick Rd

  • Murphy Ford Rd

  • Noland Creek Rd

  • Dark Hollow Rd

  • Millers Creek Rd

  • Sang Branch Rd

David Coffey lives along Red Lick Road. He said the water came awfully close to his home.

"I stayed up about most of the night," Coffey said. "I hope it goes down, big time."

However, not everyone minds the high water. Tim Dixon said it brings back childhood memories.

"Well, in my younger days, we did a little fish gigging down here. You would get the little fish that come up in the creek. Great place to gig! Learned to swim in this stuff ... my parents didn't care much for that though," Dixon said.

Officials have some advice for drivers in the region.

"We do ask people, don't cross those flooded roads," said Melissa Riddell, Estill County Emergency Management. "The water is moving pretty swiftly right now and it looks like it's going to continue to increase, that speed's not going down."

Officials say the river likely won't fall below flood stage until Wednesday morning.

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