After days of rain and flash flooding, and with the possibility of more rain on the way, Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday declared a statewide emergency.
This will allow local officials in affected areas to immediately access state resources to help in safety and recovery efforts before another round of storms sweeps into the state beginning Tuesday.
"We have reports of heavy damage in some areas of the state already, but the threat of thunderstorms and further flooding has not cleared Kentucky yet," Beshear said. "By declaring a state of emergency for the entire state, we can deploy any needed state assistance, such as National Guard troops, without delay."
The governor's office said several counties declared states of emergency on Friday, and some school districts canceled classes because high water made busing and school access impossible.
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The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort remains on alert, fielding calls and responding to requests for assistance.
In some counties, roads were covered in water, and some roads have washed out entirely.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said two roads in Franklin County were closed because of slides caused by rain and flooding.
Ky. 1263, known as Big Eddy Road, was closed at mile point 3, where the embankment had fallen into the Kentucky River and a portion of the pavement was gone. The road was expected to be closed for an extended period. The same section of Ky. 1263 was closed in spring 2011 after a similar mudslide.
Glenns Creek Road was closed between mile points 1 and 2 because of a mudslide. The hillside above the road was still unstable on Saturday, and Transportation Cabinet crews will need to assess the area before cleanup efforts can begin.
Near Lexington, the South Elkhorn Creek remained high near Weisenberger Mill, with the one-lane bridge closed for road cleanup on Saturday.
Other roads near creeks across the state remained under water on Saturday.
Some roads were closed in Owen County in the Monterey and Gratz areas, according to state police.
U.S. 25 near Richmond was closed at Clay Lane, where the road had collapsed, and Millers Creek Road in Estill County remained closed. In Bath County, Ky. 211 was still water-covered, and near Ashland, 3 feet of water covered Ky. 773 in Denton and Ky. 1 South near Hitchins, both in Carter County.
In Louisville, Springcrest Drive and Ky. 1417 at Knob Creek will be closed for two weeks for repairs, according to the Transportation Cabinet.