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‘A pure miracle.’ Powell County woman saved from house wrecked by mudslide

A Powell County woman was found alive after her home was hit by a mudslide.
A Powell County woman was found alive after her home was hit by a mudslide. WKYT

A woman was found alive Monday, hours after a mudslide wrecked a two-story Eastern Kentucky home.

During a storm Sunday night, a large mudslide hit a Stanton two-story house, trapping a woman inside. The house was located on North Bend Road.

Kevin Babcock with Powell County emergency management said officials arrived at the house at 7 a.m. Monday and began to assess damage and a gas leak.

While responding emergency workers initially believed no one was inside the house, they heard the trapped woman after getting in the house, Babcock said.

The mudslide had “knocked the first floor from its foundations and caused the second floor to collapse on top of it,” according to the Associated Press. Eddie Barnes, Stanton’s assistant fire chief, said the woman was found “under layers that included a floor and brick wall.”

Firefighters from surrounding areas, including Fayette County and Winchester, helped rescue the woman, who is about 90 years old. Babcock said.

Emergency workers had to enter the house through the roof, and the woman was removed after about four hours, Babcock said. The woman was responsive.

“It’s a pure miracle,” Babcock said.

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