Curfew established in Pike County to combat thefts, burglaries

PIKEVILLE — After receiving reports of thefts and burglaries, Pike County Judge-Executive Wayne T. Rutherford imposed a curfew in areas damaged by flash flooding last weekend.

The curfew is 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for: Raccoon Creek (Ky. 1441) and all county roads in the watershed of Raccoon Creek; Harless Creek (County Road 5072); Winns Branch (County Road 1520); Biggs Branch (County Road 5013) and Jimmies Creek (County Road 5039).

County officials said sheriff's deputies and Kentucky State Police would be patrolling those areas.

Violating the curfew could be a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of $500, Commonwealth's Attorney Rick Bartley said. The charge would fall under a special state law regarding emergencies and disasters.

"With a little bit of good judgment by the police and a little bit of cooperation from the public, we can cut down on the number of people out and about in those areas," Bartley said.

He said several reports of thefts and burglaries have been made, but there have been no arrests or charges.

"We will prosecute swiftly and severely anyone caught victimizing these people who are already victims," Bartley said.

Damage from Saturday's flash flood was said to be the worst officials have seen in Pike County in many years.

Two people died, several roads were washed out, and dozens of homes were damaged. Thousands of people were without power and running water.

County officials reported that 2,400 customers of the Mountain Water District were without service Wednesday in Harless Creek, Raccoon Creek, Widows Branch, Majestic area, Peyton's Creek, Powell's Creek, Biggs Branch, Daniels Creek, Plymale Branch, Elswick Branch of Lick Fork and Abner Fork.

Except for those who get Pikeville city water, the whole of Pike County remained under a boil-water advisory because of low pressure and broken lines. Residents are advised to boil water at least three minutes before drinking.

Federal Emergency Management Agency inspectors and state and local teams are expected to have a preliminary estimate of damages Thursday, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management spokesman Buddy Rogers said.

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