Heavy rain in eastern Kentucky leads to life-threatening flash flooding
“Numerous roads are closed and life threatening flooding is occurring throughout the area,” the weather service noted.
About 3 to 6 inches of rain had fallen in the area by early Thursday, with 1 to 3 more inches possible during the day, the weather service said.
Swift-water rescues have been reported in Perry County, including in Chavies, a community of a few hundred people roughly a 110-mile drive southeast of Lexington, the weather service said.
In the Breathitt County community of Jackson, video recorded by Deric Lostutter showed floodwater swiftly running past a home in Thursday’s pre-dawn darkness, carrying a trash can and other debris with it.
“Many roadways in the county are becoming covered with water and are impassable. Please stay off the roads if at all possible tonight,” the post said.