PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Pike County has received a federal disaster declaration due to recent flooding, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Pike County Judge-Executive's office.
More than 80 counties in Kentucky have been named under the declaration because of flooding, mainly in the western part of the state.
Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford signed a disaster declaration Wednesday after David Akers of Kentucky Emergency Management’ Region 8 office in Hazard notified county officials that Pike -- along with Magoffin, Johnson, Floyd and Knott counties --suffered enough damage from the storm to qualify.
“It’s another hardship on the people of our county,” Rutherford said. “The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have people here in the next few days assessing damages.”
The declaration is for both public and private damage.
Doug Tackett, Pike County Emergency Services Director, said the damage reported to his office was substantial.
“We had a lot of trees down on wires and roofs blown off of businesses and homes,” Tackett said. “We were hit hard, but we were lucky not to get hit harder.”
Power outages caused some schools to dismiss early on Wednesday and many people are still without power.
Bob Shurtleff of AEP-Kentucky Power said some customers’ power should be restored by noon Wednesday and power restoration will continue until all is restored, which is expected to be by Friday afternoon.
Most outages were reported in the Zebulon area where three sections of wire were down and 1,076 customers without power, according to Shurtleff. Shelbiana, Meta, Left Fork of Island Creek, Elkhorn City, Elkhorn Creek and several sections of Pikeville also experienced outages.