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Flooding closes roads in Eastern Ky.

Several Eastern Kentucky roads were closed Monday morning because of flooding.

There have not been any reports of injuries.

About 3 inches of accumulated rain had blocked several roads in Breathitt County, said Johnny Turner of the county's maintenance department. "We've had a busy morning," Turner said.

Ky. 1110 had a couple of inches of water over 16 miles of road and a mudslide between mile points 12 and 13. On South Fork Road, Ky. 1098, water was blocking the road about two miles up, Turner said. Ky. 476 had a mudslide at mile points 10 and 11, and Ky. 52 had flooding from blocked pipes that couldn't handle the rain, Turner said.

A tree had fallen across Ky. 205 between miles 2 and 3, he said. H.B. Elkins, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, District 10, said three roads in Owsley County were blocked by high water: Ky. 2024, Ky. 3346 and Ky. 3347.

He said the high water wasn't anything unusual.

"If we don't get any more rain, we should not have any more flash flooding problems," he said.

But later in the day, officials would be watching Estill and Powell counties as that high water moves down the Kentucky and Red rivers, Elkins said.

In Martin County, Ky. 1224 at Rockhouse, Ky. 40 at Tomahawk and Ky. 40 at Warfield, were closed because of high water, said Sara George, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 12 spokeswoman.

In Floyd County, Ky. 1427 at mile points 5 and 6 was under water, and a mudslide had closed Ky. 1750 at miles 1 and 2, George said.

In Johnson County, Ky. 1100 was blocked by a mudslide, and Ky. 825 was blocked by water.

"Closed" signs had been placed to keep drivers from crossing high water, she said.

The National Weather Service had much of the eastern region of the state under various flood warnings early Monday after heavy rain fell.

A flash flood warning was expected to be lifted at mid-morning Monday for Estill, Lee, Jackson, Owsley, Rockcastle and Laurel counties.

To the northeast, a similar warning was in effect for Johnson and Martin counties.

The southeastern counties of Breathitt, Floyd, Magoffin and Morgan also were warned.

A broader flood watch was effective until Monday evening for much of the eastern region.

Rainfall was forecast to end Monday over Kentucky.

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