Officials asked residents of a Knott County home to evacuate because of the threat of flooding caused by water leaking from a nearby coal mine.
There were nine people in the home, said John Mura, spokesman for the state Energy and Environment Cabinet.
The people were staying at a motel with the help of the American Red Cross, said Knott County emergency manager Greg Mullins.
Mullins said the threat was from an abandoned deep mine once operated by Kentucky Fuel in the Mousie community. Many old underground mines are full of water.
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Three small openings developed in the mine and water started flowing out Monday, Mullins said.
The water did not reach the house. The concern was that if the wall of the mine collapsed — called a blowout — the sudden tide of water would flood the house, Mullins said.
A section of KY 550 was closed because of the leak. Officials at the site Tuesday were considering options for dealing with the leak, Mullins said.
Mura said the Division of Mine Reclamation and Enforcement was keeping close track of the flow.
The water flowing from the mine complies with limits on pollutants, Mura said.