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UPDATE: Cleaning Up After Damaging Floods in Johnson Co., KY.

UPDATE 6/5/14 @ 5:30 p.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- It's clean up day for thousands in our region, after a one-two punch with severe weather. It's been a one-two punch with severe weather.

It's been tough, some areas just got strong storms and then high water once the rain had no where else to go.

In Johnson County, Kentucky, there are trees down, homes damaged and culverts washed out.

"It just came up instantly, it was rising like I've never seen it before," said Ronnie Spriggs.

Ronnie Spriggs is staring at damage left behind from heavy rains at his home in Meally, Kentucky.

"The closest I've ever seen to it was the Memorial Day flood about 12 years ago, but this was about three to four inches higher than that," said Spriggs.

The storm flooded his backyard, destroying his pool and ruining his air conditioning and heating units.

"Those are just things and we're still here so we thank God for that," said Spriggs.

But just up the road, other people's homes are flooded inside. A lot of their stuff was destroyed.

"It's a lot of raw emotions," said one neighbor.

His home is one of three in a row, filled with water from a rising creek.

"It rushed to the back of the house, went underneath the home and then filled the basement up to four-and-a-half to five feet," he said.

That water is still lurking, though the pumps are running full-time. It's a reminder of what was lost.

"You just take it and deal with and move on and pick up the pieces that you have," he said.

In Van Lear, just a few miles away, people shared the same heartache.

"I seen it getting up to right here on my car," said Michael Spradlin.

Neighbors there said it's been ten years since the last big flood.

"I just thank God that nobody got hurt," said Spradlin.

Now that the raging water is receding, it's leaving behind a calm, yet eery, scene.

The reality is: the debris and damage left behind, won't be going away as quickly.

Johnson County Emergency Management estimates more than 75 homes were damaged in this flood.

They have opened the Paintsville Recreation Center as a shelter for people who need a place to go.



ORIGINAL STORY 6/5/14 @ 7:53 a.m.
JOHNSON COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A local state of emergency was declared overnight in Paintsville and Johnson County, Ky. due to heavy storms the past 24 hours.

According to release from Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management, the area received approximately 2.5 inches of heavy rain which resulted in flooded roads and residences, rock and mud slides, and damage to both public and private property.

Paintsville/Johnson County 911 received reports of flash flooding in multiple communities leaving some families displaced due to property damage.

A shelter is open at the Paintsville Recreation Center, located at 232 Preston Street, and will remain open throughout the day or until no longer needed.

The American Red Cross is operating the shelter in partnership with the City of Paintsville.

Several state routes, city streets, and county roads that were closed overnight are now open.

State Route 40 at the Williamsport Post Office may remain closed for several hours Thursday morning so a large tree can be removed from the road.

Citizens receiving residential damage or businesses with impacts to commercial properties need to contact Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management Director, Gary McClure at 606-789-2260 to report those damages and/or to request any additional assistance such food and clothing needs and/or cleaning kits.

According to the release, plans are underway this morning to assemble several local teams to assess damages in the affected communities.


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