Deadly Flash Flooding Hits Pike County on July 17th

A series of thunderstorms caused widespread flash flooding across portions of Pike County on the evening of July 17, 2010. Initially, thunderstorms developed and moved into the area about 4 pm in the afternoon. Thereafter, thunderstorms redeveloped and moved repeatedly over the same locations, producing the flash flooding. The National Weather Service Office in Jackson, Kentucky issued it's first flash flood warning at 7:57 pm as thunderstorms producing very heavy rainfall continued to move through central Pike County. Tragically, the flash flooding was directly, or indirectly responsible for 2 fatalities. At present, best estimates indicate that between 3 and 7 inches of rain fell across central portions of Pike County between 4 pm Saturday afternoon and 1 am Sunday morning, with the bulk of the rainfall occurring between 5 pm and 10 pm Saturday. Below is an image of the radar estimated rainfall from 1 pm to 10 pm Saturday.

Click here for a kml file of the above image.

The greatest rainfall amount measured in a rain gauge during the event came from an observer on Lick Creek who measured 4.90" between 6:30 pm and 10 pm Saturday evening July 17th.  A cooperative observer in Fedscreek reported 3.66 inches (24 hour amount as of 7am Sunday morning), and an IFLOWS gage at East Ridge High School recorded 4.36 inches over a three and a half hour period Saturday evening as well.

The pictures included below were taken from a NWS survey team and are all from the Racoon Community.

Below is a summary of local storm reports received by the National Weather Service in Jackson as of 11 pm July 17, 2010...

Time Event Location County/State Remarks/Source
6:40 PM
07/17/2010
Thunderstorm Wind Damage Meta Pike, KY
TWO TREES WERE BLOWN DOWN IN META.
From: LAW ENFORCEMENT
7:55 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 3 ESE Shelbiana Pike, KY
THE FOLLOWING CREEKS IN THE MILLARD AREA WERE OUT OF THEIR BANKS AND CAUSING FLOODING IN THE SURROUNDING AREA AS OF 9 PM...POWELLS CREEK...JIMMIES CREEK...BIGS BRANCH CREEK...HARLES CREEK...AND MARROWBONE CREEK.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
7:55 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 6 E Raccoon Pike, KY
HURRICANE CREEK WAS OUT OF ITS BANKS. KY HWY 194 WAS CLOSED AT KIMPER DUE TO FLOODING.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
7:55 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 3 ESE Shelbiana Pike, KY
A HOUSE WAS BEING FLOODED AT 1622 BIGS BRANCH IN MILLARD. THE LOCAL FIRE DEPT HAD BEEN DISPATCHED TO THE LOCATION TO EVALUATE THE SITUATION.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
8:25 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 3 NE Belcher Pike, KY
WATER ESTIMATED OF AT LEAST ONE FOOT DEEP FLOWED OVER SECTIONS OF ABNER FORK OF FERRELS CREEK REMOVING THE PAVEMENT IN SOME SECTIONS. WATER ALSO WAS REPORTED TO HAVE FLOODED A COUPLE OF BASEMENTS.
8:35 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 2 WNW Mouthcard Pike, KY
WATER FLOWED OVER PRIVATE BRIDGES UNDERMINING AND DESTROYING ONE WITH THE WATER FROM LOCK CREEK FLOWING OVER A PORTION OF KY HIGHWAY 1373 AT LICK CREEK. WATER ESTIMATED AT ONE TO FOUR FEET DEEP FLOWED OVER PORTIONS OF ELSWICK FORK ROAD ALONG ELSWICH FORK OF LICK CREEK REMOVING PAVEMENT FROMA 10 YARD SECTION AND A 40 YARD SECTION OF THE ROAD LEAVING IT SEVERLY DAMAGED. WATER ALONG ELSWICK FORK REACHED INTO AN SUV AND TO THE BOTTOM OF PORCHES OF SEVERAL HOMES.
8:35 PM
07/17/2010
Flood 1 E Pikeville Pike, KY
*** 1 FATAL *** LADY WAS SWEPT AWAY IN FLOOD WATERS. THE EVENT HAPPENED NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF WALTERS ROAD AND KY HIGHWAY 1460.
9:39 PM
07/17/2010
Flood Pikeville Pike, KY
STREAMS IN THE PIKEVILLE AREA HAD LEFT THEIR BANKS AND WERE ENTERING BUILDINGS BETWEEN 930 AND 940 PM EDT.
From: PUBLIC
10:20 PM
07/17/2010
Flood Meta Pike, KY
PEOPLE WERE TRAPPED ON THE ROOF OF THEIR HOME IN META ON HWY 119 ALONG COONS CREEK. FLOODING PROBLEMS BEGAN AROUND 8 PM.
From: TRAINED SPOTTER
10:24 PM
07/17/2010
Flood Virgie Pike, KY
GREASEY CREEK FLOODING OVER THE ROAD AND NEARING HOMES.
From: TRAINED SPOTTER
10:24 PM
07/17/2010
Flood Shelbiana Pike, KY
CREEKS ARE FLOWING OVER THE BANKS AND NEARING HOMES.
From: TRAINED SPOTTER
11:14 PM
07/17/2010
Flood Raccoon Pike, KY
*** 1 FATAL *** MAN WAS LEANING OVER BRIDGE ON RACCOON CREEK AND FELL INTO WATER.



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