Eastern Kentucky drowning, additional rain totals in some areas estimated to hit 12 inches


Counties in eastern Kentucky already soaked from yesterday’s rains are being deluged again with torrential rains for hours that have dumped an unbelievable additional 11 inches of rain estimated in some areas Wednesday night into Thursday morning. This is historic flooding. Most of the area is under flash flood warnings, and the additional rainfall has ranged from estimates of at least 5 inches to nearly11 inches reported in the early hours of Thursday morning in Perry and other Counties, and the rain continues to fall.

The rising waters have come fast and furious, keeping emergency workers overrun with distress calls and water rescues of residents trapped in their homes and now see rapidly rising waters entering their homes.

The situation is described as life threatening in many counties, and a flash flood emergency has been declared in many of the impacted counties already.

To make matters worse, the storm contained massive lightning that accompanied the strong storms, wind and rain that brought down trees and power lines leaving many in the dark to endure the uncertainty of their fate as waters rise so quickly, many are fearful they will be swept away.

Incredible photos and video continue to be shared on social media from Perry, Pike, Knott, Owsley, Leslie, Clay, Breathitt, Letcher, Powell, Lee, Estill and other eastern Kentucky counties showing the great magnitude of the situation. Reports from many counties say roads and pavement are crumbling from the torrential floods as well.

The flash flood warnings continue into Thursday for most of the area. Flood watch continues through 8 am Friday morning.