Flooding forces drivers to find alternate routes in Eastern Ky.

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 11:39 PM EDT
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CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) - Heavy rains have flushed out parts of Eastern Kentucky -- from trapping people inside their homes in Greenup County to shutting down a portion of U.S. 60 in the Olive Hill area of Carter County, right beside Tygart Elementary School.

“The water was moving so fast, and it was carrying so much debris that it tore down the concrete barriers,” Brooklyn Carroll said.

Tygart Creek spilled its banks, flooding that portion of Route 60 where construction is taking place.

“In the span of like three minutes,” Carroll said.

It blocked off the road for drivers like Carroll and Theodore Eldridge, both who depend on it.

“My house to here is about maybe 25 minutes. With this I’ll have to go to Morehead, so it’s at least 35 to 40 minutes and then back track to my house through U.S. 60,” Eldridge said.

However, until repairs are made, drivers must find an alternate route.

Eldridge said he’s making sure to stay alert amid the flash floods.

“It was really intense,” he said.

It is unclear at this time when that portion of Route 60 will reopen. Crews say they have to assess the area on Thursday.

Until it reopens, highway officials suggest these alternate routes for drivers: KY 3296 and KY 174 between Soldier and Olive Hill, or KY 1662, KY 59 and KY 2.

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