CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Several homes were damaged and one mobile home was washed away due to flash flooding that occurred near Olive Hill early Friday morning.
In Grayson, a group of women spanning four generations banded together when they feared their lives were in danger.
The water was rising fast at 91-year-old Faye Burnett's home about 3 a.m. Friday.
Faye, her daughter-in-law, granddaughter and great-granddaughter knew they had to seek higher ground, but there was a problem.
"We could see the water rushing over the road," Burnett’s great-granddaughter Mattie Newton said.
"The water kept coming," Burnett said. “It had surrounded us. We didn't have any other way out."
Unable to leave in a car, the four ladies walked up a hill to get away from the flash flood.
"I don't walk too good,” Burnett said. “I kind of give out."
The younger women helped Burnett to a nearby cemetery, where she rested on a tombstone.
"They found me a smooth tombstone, and I sat down on it," Burnett said. “It wasn't very comfortable."
The irony of the situation was not lost on them.
Newton says she walked over to their neighbors’, who picked the ladies up on their ATV.
“You could tell she was uncomfortable," Newton said.
After an eventful night, Burnett is back in her dry home, relieved to have made it through a grave situation.
Burnett says the only other time she ever had to leave her home for flooding was when she was 18 years old.
She says she had just given birth to her second child three days before that flood. The family had evacuated the home, but they realized they’d forgotten something.
"Nobody had the baby,” Burnett said. “We had to go back and get him."
The water did stop rising in Friday’s flash flood just before getting into her house. She says she feels very fortunate because others in the county weren't as lucky.
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