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Emergency Response to Flash Flooding in Eastern Kentucky


Flash flooding is being blamed for at least one death in eastern Kentucky.  Rescue teams are continuing to search for a number of other people who are reported missing.  Communities in Rowan and Johnson counties were especially hard hit.  Buddy Rogers with Kentucky Emergency Management says there's been a lot of structural damage as well.  "Those communities within those counties have reported dozens, if not hundreds of homes effected," said Rogers. "Some totally destroyed, some washed away.  Several rescues and evacuations took place in both of those counties." 

Rogers says most of the damage reports have been tied to flash flooding and straight line winds.  He says homeowners need to take certain precautions before heading back into houses where waters have receded.  "If it did receive structural damage, they need to have that damage inspected by a qualified contractor or builder or engineer before they re-enter, and make sure their utilities are off and it's safe to do so," added Rogers.

Rogers says flooded creeks often recede very quickly, but weather forecasts call for additional storms with heavy rains Tuesday.  Rogers says other reports of flooding have come from counties north of Louisville.?

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