Northeastern Kentucky Storms Cause Flooding

Thunderstorms dumping heavy rain rolled through Northeastern Kentucky Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, causing severe flooding that washed away over 200 homes.

Half a foot of heavy rain from thunderstorms that began Thursday night caused flooding that washed away over 200 Northeastern Kentucky homes.

“We’re trying to get a hold on this. It’s just awful,” said Brandon Roberts, a spokesman for the Pike County judge executive, the top elected official in the county. “It’s so bad. … It’s so bad. People might not even be aware it’s raining. They’re a hundred yards away from where they used to be.”

Meteorologists says there is even more severe weather on the way for this area. CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said there was an even a higher chance of thunderstorms and heavy rain in the region Wednesday than there was Tuesday. Some parts of Kentucky were under flood advisories, and over the next few days, some locations could get 2 more inches of rain, he said.

Pike County Sheriff Charles Keesee told news reporters that his agency was working overtime to keep the flood victims safe. Only residents were being allowed to enter flood zones, he said.

“We are doing everything we can to keep people out who are possibly looting these people who have lost everything they have,” Keesee said.

Officials in Carter, Elliott, Lewis, Mason and Rowan counties, as well as the cities of Olive Hill and Maysville, had declared disasters, said Kentucky Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers.

The storms caused some Kentucky Utilities costumers to lose power, KU spokesman Cliff Feltham said. It is estimated that over 1500 KU customers were without power Wednesday afternoon.

According to Fleming County Sheriff Scotty Royse Wednesday, no flood-related injuries or deaths had been reported.

“We have damage, but knock on wood no one was hurt,” Royse said.

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