KY 1571 (Millers Creek Road) in Estill County is currently closed due to high water. The road will remain closed once water recedes to allow CSX Transportation and R.J. Corman Railroad to make repairs to the railroad tracks that run parallel to the highway.
Mudslides triggered by recent heavy rains that caused record flooding in the upper Kentucky River Valley pushed the railroad tracks out into the highway. The railroad line has not been actively used in several years, but CSX had been using the rail line as storage for unused rail cars. The slide overturned and derailed several of the parked cars.
The affected area is roughly between mile markers 1 and 2, or between Mount Scratchum Road and Broaddus Crossing Road. This is the segment of KY 1571 that is tightly wedged between the railroad tracks and the river.
No marked detour will be posted, but drivers can use KY 52 across Tipton Ridge as a detour route. This impacts travel between Beattyville and Irvine.