Parts of East Kentucky Affected by Flash Flooding on April 17th

Clusters of thunderstorms formed over central Kentucky and then pushed eastward into east Kentucky during the morning hours of April 17th. The thunderstorms produced isolated wind damage early in the morning in Letcher County, but the bigger impacts were heavy rain and resulting flash flooding later in the morning.  Flash flooding was reported in Estill, Owsley, Bell, and Harlan Counties, but the worst of it occurred in Clay and Knox Counties.  Several people had to be rescued from the rising waters in the Brightshade area of Clay County and along Highway 223 near Scalf in Knox County.

Rainfall amounts were as light as less than a tenth of an inch in some locations near Lake Cumberland, but many locations experienced one to two inches of rain from Tuesday evening into Wednesday, and locally higher amounts as high as two to four inches fell in some areas from Estill County south and southeast into Clay and Harlan Counties. Here are rainfall totals from this event for Eastern Kentucky and the Commonwealth.

48 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending around 8 AM EDT on Thursday 4/18/2013 across South Central and Eastern Kentucky

48 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending around 8 AM EDT on Thursday 4/18/2013 across South Central and Eastern Kentucky

Here's a look at the flooding reports received by the National Weather Service in Jackson, KY...

Time Event Location County/State Remarks/Source
8:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 3 E Inez Martin, KY
STANDING WATER SEVERAL INCHES DEEP ON BLACKLOG ROAD.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
8:30 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 3 NE Hyden Leslie, KY
BULL CREEK ROAD HAS ONE LANE FLOODED BY BACKED UP CULVERT.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
9:14 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 1 SW Clay City Powell, KY
KYTC DISTRICT 10 REPORTED HWY 11 WAS CLOSED DUE TO HIGH WATER BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 11 AND 12...AND HWY 1057 WAS CLOSED BETWEEN MILE MARKERS 4 AND 5. THE WATER RECEEDED AND THE ROADS WERE OPENED BY 225 PM.
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
9:15 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Irvine Estill, KY
CLEAR CREEK ROAD...DARK HOLLOW ROAD...WALTON ROAD OUT IN THE COUNTY HAVE ALL BEEN CLOSED. THE END OF POPLAR ROAD IN RAVENNA HAS ALSO BEEN CLOSED. THESE CLOSURES ARE ALL DUE TO WATER FLOWING OVER THE ROADS. EXACT DEPTH OF WATER UNKNOWN.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
9:35 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Brightshade Clay, KY
SEVERAL ROADS...HOMES AND BARNS FLOODED FROM FLASH FLOODING OF GOOSE CREEK IN CLAY COUNTY. REPORTS RECEIVED FROM WYMT FACEBOOK PAGE.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
9:50 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Harlan Harlan, KY
ONE FOOT OF FLOWING WATER OVER MAY STREET. A COUPLE OF MUD SLIDES AND A FLOODED BUSINESS ARE BEING REPORTED IN MIDDLE OF HARLAN AS WELL.
From: STORM CHASER
9:50 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Isonville Elliott, KY
ISONVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVACUATED DUE TO WATER THREATENING THE SCHOOL FROM FLOODED CREEK BEHIND SCHOOL.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
10:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Woollum Knox, KY
HAMMONS FORK FLOODED UP TO THE HEADLIGHTS OF VEHICLES. REPORT FROM WKYT FACEBOOK PAGE.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
10:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood East Bernstadt Laurel, KY
BRIDGE ON VICTORY ROAD INUNDATED BY HIGH WATER. REPORT FROM WKYT FACEBOOK PAGE.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
10:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Stony Fork Bell, KY
WATER COVERED HIGHWAY 221 AND MADE IT IMPASSABLE FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
10:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 4 NE Flat Lick Knox, KY
WATER IN TRAILER.
From: EMERGENCY MNGR
10:00 AM
04/17/2013
Flood Scalf Knox, KY
SWIFT WATER RESCUE OF THREE TEENS STUCK IN FLASH FLOODING FROM STINKING CREEK ON HIGHWAY 223. FLOOD WATERS ALSO AFFECTED SEVERAL MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES IN THE AREA. REPORTS FROM WKYT AND WYMT FACEBOOK PAGE.
From: BROADCAST MEDIA
10:05 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 4 N Mozelle Leslie, KY
STATE HIGHWAY 421 IS DOWN TO ONE LANE AT MILE MARKER 2 DUE TO WATER ON ROAD.
From: 911 CALL CENTER
10:14 AM
04/17/2013
Flood 2 E Booneville Owsley, KY
ESTIMATED 6 TO 12 INCHES OF WATER FLOWING ACROSS HIGHWAY
From: DEPT OF HIGHWAYS
12:30 PM
04/17/2013
Flood Brightshade Clay, KY
DISPATCH REPORTS WATER RESCUE IS ONGOING NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 1524 AND MILL CREEK ROAD. CORRECTED TIME BASED ON WLEX STORY.
From: 911 CALL CENTER

 

48 Hour Rainfall Totals Ending around 8 AM EDT on Thursday 4/18/2013 across the Commonwealth of Kentucky



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