High water, mudslides reported following excessive rain in Kentucky counties

Communities feel impact of deadly flash flooding
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 9:27 AM EDT
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FLOYD/PIKE COUNTIES, Ky (WSAZ) -- Many areas of eastern Kentucky received excessive rainfall causing dangerous flooding overnight. Blocked roads from high water, mud slides and trees have been reported.

Water is still rising in some areas and future weather forecasts are predicting additional rainfall over the next several days. Many roads are impassable at this time due to widespread flooding as well as trees and downed power lines.

In Floyd County, the sheriff reports water rescues are under way in the City of Wayland.

Floyd County Sheriff | “We had to rescue some on floating debris”

In the hard-hit City of Wayland, officials are transporting rescued homeowners and families to the Wayland Fire Department.

“We had to rescue some on floating debris – a house door. We had to put a lady on a house door that would float,” said Sheriff Hunt. “We are using all resources, anything that we have available to rescue these people.”

Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.
Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.(Floyd County Sheriff's Office)
Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.
Rescue crews respond to the city of Wayland in Floyd County following serious flooding.(Floyd County Sheriff's Office)

The sheriff reports serious flooding in the left and right Beaver Creek areas. The sheriff also says Route 122 is shut down at Minnie in front of the park.

Water is covering all roads listed below in Floyd County:

  • Ky 122
  • Ky 7
  • Ky 550
  • Ky 979
  • Ky 1498
  • Ky 466
  • Ky 1089
  • Ky 2029
  • Ky 1086
  • Ky 850

The following roads in Pike County are impassable, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

  • KY 610 in Virgie
  • KY 3414 left fork of long fork
  • KY 610 various areas with water over the road
  • Ky 612 MP 1-2 water over roadway
  • Ky 610 at Forton MP 1-2 water over road
  • KY 610 Bridge is closed Jonancy
  • Ky 1469 MP 14 water over road
  • Ky 805 MP 5-6 water over road
  • Ky 1469 MP 11-12 water over road
Flooding in Virgie, Kentucky.
Flooding in Virgie, Kentucky.(WSAZ)
Flooding in Virgie, Kentucky.
Flooding in Virgie, Kentucky.(WSAZ)
Flooding has been reported in the cities of Wayland and Garrett in Floyd County, Kentucky
Flooding has been reported in the cities of Wayland and Garrett in Floyd County, Kentucky(Floyd County Sheriff's Office)
Flooding has been reported in the cities of Wayland and Garrett in Floyd County, Kentucky
Flooding has been reported in the cities of Wayland and Garrett in Floyd County, Kentucky(Floyd County Sheriff's Office)

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear addressed the commonwealth Thursday, unlocking emergency resources needed by activating the National Guard and declaring a statewide State of Emergency.

National Guard, State of Emergency activated following flooding in eastern Ky

Reports of power outages across Kentucky Power’s territory have been reported through the night. Nearly 20,000 Kentucky Power customers are without power this morning with more than 340 outage cases needing addressed.

It is anticipated that damage assessment and restoration will continue for several days.

Kentucky Power says dangerous flooding conditions and inaccessible areas will most likely slow restoration efforts.

As of this morning, these counties in our region are experiencing the majority of outages:

  • Floyd County - approximately 1,300 customers
  • Johnson County - approximately 890 customers
  • Martin County - approximately 1,500 customers
  • Pike County - approximately 1,900 customers

This is a developing story.

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