Lee County declares state of emergency for flooding


BEATTYVILLE, Ky. (WDKY) – Lee County has declared a state of emergency after heavy rain.

The announcement came Friday morning.

Reports of closed roads and bridges came in from the county after heavy rain hit it and parts of Eastern Kentucky.

Lee County also had several mud slips and some high water in the eastern and southern parts of the county.

“We have several slips that are covering the roadways,” said John Allen, director of Lee County Emergency Management. “We’ve lost some bridges on some of our secondary county roads, quite a bit of debris on the roadways. We did have one water rescue this morning, but fortunately, we were able to stand by and watch the water recede.”

Allen said sustained flooding doesn’t seem to be an issue, but flash flooding is still a concern with more rain on the radar.

“The water started to recede a bit from the flash flooding, and it was just that it was a flash flood, so the water is going down and has receded quite a bit in most places, so as long as we don’t get another deluge like we had this morning, we should be fine,” Allen said.

Allen said the county has a plan in place in case the situation gets worse. He wants people to be on the lookout for the rest of the day, especially if they live in a low-lying area.

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