Serious flooding, houses washed away in Pike County

Heavy rains all day Saturday caused numerous flash floods in Pike County, causing evacuations, and rescue operations across the county, officials said.

The National Weather Service out of Jackson issued a flash flood warning shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday for central Pike County that continued until 2 a.m. Sunday.

Deputy Matthew Blanton of the Pike County Sheriff's Department said several homes had washed away and countless more were completely flooded. Several people were stranded in high water in their cars.

Problems were reported across the county, including in Raccoon Creek, Johns Creek, Zebulon, Greasy Creek, Millard, Marrowbone, Ferrell's Creek, Lick Creek, Abner Fork, Dry Fork and Wolf Pit.

The Pikeville Police Department also cited several closed roads in Pikeville itself because of high water. By 11 p.m., Pikeville United Methodist Church had been opened as a shelter and there was one unconfirmed report of a death in the Chloe area.

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