overnight flash flood last week resulted in widespread damage in Lewis County
including numerous road closures and destroyed or damaged homes.
Management Director Carl Chaney said an emergency was declared in the county
last Wednesday morning and crews are continuing to assess damage.
rain in the area began last Tuesday evening and continued into the early morning
hours of Wednesday, dropping more than eight inches of reported rainfall in some
were extensively damaged across the county, including Ky. Rt. 57 at the
Fleming-Lewis County Line, Ky. Rt. 59 at Old Trace Bridge and Big Cabin Creek.
Water remained over the roadway at several locations in the county, primarily on
Kinney and Lower Kinney Roads. Trace Creek Road also remained covered on
most visible damage was in the southern part of the county including the Camp
Dix, Laurel and Old Trace areas, although damage was apparent all over the
said he had requested assistance from the Red Cross and that additional road
equipment was requested from neighboring counties to help with repairs and
getting roadways reopened. A supply of drinking water was received and has been
made available for those in need.
said some 400 households were without water service and about 300 homes were
without electricity following the overnight downpours. Several homes remain
without water due to damage of water line crossings at washed-out creeks.
five and eight inches of rainfall was recorded overnight in various locations
across the county. Some residents reported that six-in rain gauges had filled to
said he has been in contact with various state and federal agencies to request
assistance for those affected by the flooding. He said more than 50 homes, not
including the ones damaged in the May flooding, were damaged to some extent by
the early morning flooding.
County Road Department Supervisor Dane Howard said 45 roadways in the county
received moderate to severe damage with 15 of those roadways completely
inaccessible through Wednesday.
said the southern part of the county received the most road damage. The areas
included Emerson, Laurel, Grassy, Camp Dix, Petersville and Indian Creek.
Moderate damage is reported in and around the Big Cabin Creek and Crooked Creek
declaration of emergency was signed Wednesday by Judge Executive Steve Applegate
and was forwarded to Governor Steve Beshear for review. Numerous equests for
assistance have also been made.
damage assessments to roadways total $503,745.
have toured the damaged areas and will assist in applying for assistance from
the federal government and for a federal emergency declaration for the county.
Rt. 59 at Old Trace Bridge near the Carter County line remains closed to all
traffic. Ky. Rt. 57 at the Lewis/Fleming County line has been reopened to
traffic after the bridge was determined to be safe by highway engineers,
according to Allen Blair with the Kentucky Department of Transportation.
and County Road Crews continued to work through the weekend to reopen roads and
bridges. Some roads remained closed to through traffic on Sunday evening as they
awaited repairs and the replacement of pipes.
water advisories remain in effect for several areas around the county as
workers continue to work to restore water and electric service to some
residents reported that water levels as a result of the rainfall had reached
points they had never seen although they had lived in the area all their
mobile homes on Ky. Rt. 59 near the Lewis/Carter County line were completely
washed away and destroyed when they struck the Old Trace Bridge. Two men
inside one of the mobile homes reportedly escaped as the structure was being
motorists were also able to escape from their vehicles as the rising water
caused the vehicles to stall.
crews were called to various locations in the county overnight to help
families whose homes had become surrounded by the rapidly rising waters.
Some families had climbed onto roofs to keep out of the water.
Grocery building on Ky. Rt. 59, which also served as the community Post
Office, was washed from its foundation and across a field, coming to rest
against some creekside trees. The building remained in one piece as it made
its 300 yard voyage in the rushing water.
propane tanks were washed away, many causing fog-like clouds over the
receding pools of water the next morning as the propane escaped from them.
and gardens were also damaged or completely washed away across the county.
Some of the flattened tobacco patches had been scheduled scheduled to be
topped on Friday.
was limited in many parts of the county into Thursday as water covered
roadways or washed out bridges and culverts.
rescue team from the Camp Dix area had been dispatched in the early morning
hours Wednesday and found the roadway covered with water as they attempted
to return to the fire station.
and gravel also washed onto roadways hampering travel. Items carried by the
water lodged against bridges, trees and utility poles resulting in a domino
effect causing the trees and utility poles to fall and collect even more
debris at those locations.
National Weather Service reported between six and eight inches of rain fell
in an area along the Lewis County line with Mason, Fleming, Rowan and Carter
National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio, reported that a frontal
boundary stalled just south of the Ohio River on Tuesday, allowing for
several waves of showers and thunderstorms across southern Ohio and northern
high moisture was in place, according to the NWS, which made these storms
efficient heavy rain producers. These storms tracked repeatedly over
the same locations, with some areas receiving heavy rain for almost four
consecutive hours Tuesday night, leading to very high rainfall amounts.
highest amounts were across Mason and Lewis counties where rainfall amounts
of seven to nine inches fell in just a few hours.
fatalities in neighboring counties have been reported in connection with the
storm system moving through the area. One in Carter County and another in
Scioto County, Ohio.
having damage to property that has not yet been reported should contact
Lewis County Emergency Management at 606-796-3464 or the Lewis County Judge
Executive's Office at 606-796-2722.