PIKEVILLE — Heavy rains totaling as much as 3 inches on Thursday and early Friday triggered flash flooding in Eastern and South Central Kentucky, just weeks after previous storms made the eastern portion of the state a watery mess.
Pike County Emergency Manager Doug Tackett said high water pushed a mobile home from its foundation, and the Millard Fire Department was called out to rescue people stranded by the flooding.
Storms had flooded the same area on May 9.
Terry Young of Zebulon told WYMT-TV that he can't reach his home because of 4 feet of water blocking his way.
"I was only gone for maybe five minutes, and it came from the creeks up to the house so I couldn't go home," Young said. He said he had to rescue his sick father-in-law, who was flooded in Coon Creek.
"I had to go through water over my truck bumper, but I got him out before it got too bad," Young said.
Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn told the Appalachian News-Express there was no major damage inside the city.
In the Big Creek area, the damage was once again severe, said Charles Maynard, Geographic Information System manager for Pike County.
"We were hit again, and we lost more of our power lines and transformers. The Big Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Sidney was flooded with 4 feet of water again," he said.
Maynard said he was more concerned about the damage that was caused to people's homes, and he said more than a dozen people were evacuated.
Maynard also reported that running water had not been restored to at least 2,200 people in Pike County, and those individuals were being supplied with bottled water.
On the other side of the state in Bowling Green, Alisa Ahmetovic opened her back door Thursday and "water just started flowing in."
Her family, like others, spent Thursday night in a hotel, The Bowling Green Daily News reported.
"That was as hard of a storm as I've ever seen," said Bowling Green Assistant Fire Chief Ed Moody.
Abraham Williams, director of the housing authority where they live, said the families were to be relocated to other housing units Friday.