Heavy Rainfall Brings Flooding to East Kentucky on Monday

Thunderstorms moved slowly over eastern Kentucky early Monday morning June 20th, 2011, causing several areas of excessive rainfall and flash flooding.  Rainfall rates exceeded 4 inches per hour in the heaviest thunderstorms.  The hardest hit areas were in southern Knox and Bell Counties where 4 to 6" of rain fell early Monday morning.  Another area with several reports of flash flooding occurred from Menifee County southeast into Perry County where 2 to 4" of rain fell later Monday morning.  This rain fell on nearly saturated ground after a weekend featuring several rounds of showers and thunderstorms.

24 Hour Rainfall Ending 2 PM EDT Monday June 20, 2011

Weekend Rainfall Totals

24 Hour Rainfall Ending 2 PM EDT Monday June 20, 2011
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Weekend Rainfall Totals
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The community of Kayjay in southern Knox County was hit hard by flash flooding with one death attributed to the flooding.  In addition, flood waters inundated Middlesboro with what has been described as the worst flooding in at least 20 years, and parts of Perry County as well.  The pictures below, courtesy of Betty Jones, show the flooding in downtown Middlesboro.

Photos Courtesy of Betty Jones

All of the severe thunderstorm and flooding reports received for this event are included below...

Time Event Location County/State Remarks/Source
2:10 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage East Bernstadt Laurel, KY
SEVERAL TREES DOWN.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
2:15 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage 2 E London Laurel, KY
TREES DOWN ON OLD WAY ROAD.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
3:00 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage Wasioto Bell, KY
TREE DOWN ON HARDBELL STATION ROAD NEAR THE WASIOTO GOLF COURSE.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
3:10 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage Birdseye Knox, KY
TREES DOWN ON HWY 1809.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
5:05 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage 1 ESE Goins Whitley, KY
SIXTY TO NINETY TREES BLOWN DOWN ON HWY 92E NEAR THE KNOX COUNTY LINE.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
5:10 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Kayjay Knox, KY
*** 1 FATAL *** THREE TRAILERS WERE SWEPT OFF OF THEIR FOUNDATIONS. ONE MALE OCCUPANT DIED IN THE FLOOD. ANOTHER FEMALE OCCUPANT WAS RESCUED. FLOOD WATERS BLOCKED THE ROADS UNTIL AFTER 630 AM HAMPERING THE EMERGENCY RESPONSE.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
5:28 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Middlesboro Bell, KY
NUMEROUS ROADS ARE UNDER WATER THROUGHOUT MIDDLESBORO...INCLUDING 35TH AND 19TH...AND 25A. SPOTTER ESTIMATES BETWEEN 3 AND 4 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN OVERNIGHT.
From: TRAINED SPOTTER
5:40 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 2 NW Chenoa Whitley, KY
MOTORISTS STRANDED IN THEIR CARS ALONG 92 E ABOUT 1 MILE FROM THE BELL CO LINE. DISPATCHER REPORTED RESCUES ARE IN PROGRESS.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
5:45 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Middlesboro Bell, KY
ABOUT 4 INCHES OF WATER FLOWING ACROSS KY 25 E NEAR THE MALL. NUMEROUS ROADS THROUGHOUT TOWN ARE UNDER WATER.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
7:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 4 S Irvine Estill, KY
DRIVEWAYS OF SEVERAL RESIDENCES HAVE BEEN WASHED OUT INTO THE ROADWAY AT RED LICK.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
8:13 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Kayjay Knox, KY
BRUSH CREEK WAS REPORTED TO BE OUT OF ITS BANKS AND CONTINUING TO FLOOD KY 225...HOMES AND OTHER ROADWAYS IN THE AREA.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
8:38 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Middlesboro Bell, KY
SEVERAL ROADS ARE STILL CLOSED IN AND NEAR MIDDLESBORO DUE TO FLOODING. MULTIPLE WATER RESCUES ARE ALSO UNDERWAY AT THIS TIME IN THE MIDDLESBORO VICINITY.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
9:00 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Bulan Perry, KY
A COUPLE FEET OF WATER FLOWING OVER HWY 476 AT THE HARDBURLY EXIT. ALSO...BULAN-HINER ROAD CLOSED BY WATER OVER THE ROAD.
From: FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
9:00 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Campton Wolfe, KY
CULVERTS OVERFLOWING DUE TO HEAVY RAINFALL. WATER OVER ROADS AT WOLFE LAKE...ON 191 BETWEEN STILLWATER AND CAMPTON...PLUMMERS CREEK ROAD AND JOHNSON ROAD.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
9:15 AM
06/20/2011
Thunderstorm Wind Damage Dongola Letcher, KY
SEVERAL TREES DOWNED ON HWY 119 NEAR LITTLE COWAN CREEK.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
10:00 AM
06/20/2011
0.88 in. Hail Nada Powell, KY
From: PUBLIC
10:00 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Jackson Breathitt, KY
CAR DROVE INTO FLOOD WATERS NEAR THE BP STATION.
From: NEWSPAPER
10:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Jackson Breathitt, KY
BRIDGE HOLLOW ROAD IMPASSABLE DUE TO FLASH FLOODING.
From: NEWSPAPER
10:45 AM
06/20/2011
Flood War Creek Breathitt, KY
HWY 541 AND MOST SIDE ROADS OFF OF HWY 541 ARE AFFECTED BY FLASH FLOODING.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
10:45 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 1 S Yeadon Breathitt, KY
BELCHER FORK ROAD IMPASSABLE DUE TO FLASH FLOOD.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
10:45 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Watts Breathitt, KY
FLASH FLOODING ALONG WATTS ROAD.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
10:45 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 2 S Jackson Breathitt, KY
ROBINSON FORK CLOSED BY FLASH FLOODING.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
10:48 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Elkatawa Breathitt, KY
MILLERS BRANCH HAS LEFT IT/S BANKS AND IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE BRIDGE GOING OVER HWY 52.
From: TRAINED SPOTTER
11:00 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 6 NW Hazard Perry, KY
KNEE DEEP FLOWING WATER OVER PIGEON ROOST ROAD. RESIDENTS ARE STRANDED.
From: PUBLIC
11:10 AM
06/20/2011
Flood Means Menifee, KY
HWY 460 CLOSED DUE TO FLASH FLOODING.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
11:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 5 NW Hazard Perry, KY
LOWER SECOND CREEK RD. CLOSED.
From: FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
11:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 5 N Hazard Perry, KY
HARVEYTON ROAD CLOSED.
From: FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
11:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 9 NW Hazard Perry, KY
16 MILE CREEK ROAD CLOSED.
From: FIRE DEPT/RESCUE
11:30 AM
06/20/2011
Flood 5 NW Hazard Perry, KY
ROAD AT TYPO HAS BEEN CLOSED.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
1:30 PM
06/20/2011
Flood Beattyville Lee, KY
BRIDGE WASHED OUT ON PAW PAW ROAD.
From: CO-OP OBSERVER
2:30 PM
06/20/2011
Flood Middlesboro Bell, KY
MANY RESIDENTALS AND COMMERCIAL LOCATIONS IN THE CITY ARE FLOODED.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR



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