Breaking news: Kentucky is hit by ‘one of the worst flash flood events ever’ after storms drop at least 10 inches of rain overnight leaving homes swamped and swollen rivers sweep away cars
Kentucky has been hit with ‘one of the worst flash flood events ever’ after storms dropped at least 10 inches of rain overnight.
Homes in the area have become swamped in murky rainwater and swollen rivers are sweeping away cars.
Chris Bailey, WKYT’s chief meteorologist said: ‘I don’t have the words to describe the amount of devastation daylight will uncover across eastern Kentucky.
‘This is likely to go down as one of the worst flash flood events to ever hit the state.’
There are countless severe weather warnings in place all over the state and in Breathitt County the courthouse has been opened as a shelter for people displaced by the floods.
The county’s emergency department said: ‘Many roadways in the county are becoming covered with water and are impassable. Please stay off the roads if at all possible tonight.
‘The courthouse is open at this time for those displaced by rising waters if you don’t have another place to go.’
The National Weather Service says life-threatening flash flooding may be possible in multiple counties, including Breathitt, Perry, Owsley, Knott, and Clay.
As of four hours ago at least five water rescue were underway across Perry County.