Ky. 11 in Powell reopens

Debris covered road after brief but powerful downpour

gkocher1@herald-leader.comJuly 21, 2011 

A north-south artery in Powell County that was closed by a mudslide reopened Wednesday evening, a spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's District 10 in Jackson said.

The slide brought mud and trees onto Ky. 11 after 3 to 4 inches of rain fell in about 90 minutes Tuesday night, said H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Jackson office.

The state will continue to monitor the area to make sure future rains don't cause another slide, Elkins said.

"As of right now, it looks like we're not going to get any rain," he said.

While the road was closed, motorists going to Natural Bridge State Resort Park near Slade on Wednesday were asked to take a detour.

Motorists had been asked to take the Mountain Parkway's Exit 40 at Pine Ridge, and then take Ky. 715 south to Ky. 11.

Those traveling north on Ky. 11 from Booneville or Beattyville had been directed to take Ky. 715 to Exit 40 at Pine Ridge.

About 15 people were evacuated from the Middlefork campground at Natural Bridge State Resort Park because of flash flooding.

Park manager Tim Hibbard said park employees began warning campers about 7 p.m. Tuesday that they might need to leave the area because the creek that branches off the Red River was overflowing its banks.

"We've had quite a bit of rain," Hibbard said. "It seems like it just stood over the park."

At 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, he said the waters seemed to recede as fast as they rose.

Herald-Leader staff writer Karla Ward contributed to this story.

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