Southeast Kentucky Communities Weigh Flood Damage

Feb 12, 2018


Citizens in nine southeast Kentucky counties are beginning to assess the impact of widespread weekend flooding.  Damage estimates may available by midweek.

Five inches of rain fell over a 24 hour period in portions of  Kentucky.  One of the harder hit counties was Harlan.  County Judge Dan Mosely estimates water got into more than ten homes.  He says residents of the Tremont community were affected. “Basically the tile that goes from a community to the river, the water couldn’t get out because the water was so high,” said Mosely  “And, it create like a dam affect.”

At one point, Mosely says several hundred people were without power.  He adds some 300 water customers had no service as repair crews couldn’t get to the flooded water line.  Kentucky Division of Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett says if damages total more than $6 million, counties could be eligible for federal emergency assistance.