BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers moved quickly to assess flood damage in eastern Kentucky, where heavy rains over the weekend pushed mountain streams over their banks.
State Disaster Relief Director Coy Webb said initial assessments yielded good news in that damage to homes wasn't widespead.
Webb said plans are already in place to deploy a team of volunteers to help with cleanup outside Barbourville with more teams ready to respond wherever need arises.
On-the-ground assessments have been completed in areas around Barbourville, Harlan, Pikeville, Prestonsburg and Hazard.
About 5 inches of rain causes steams to rise, blocking roads and stranding residents in their homes.
Kentucky Emergency Management spokeswoman Monica L. French said Harlan, Bell, Knox, Letcher and Floyd counties were declared states of emergency.
The Harlan Daily Enterprise reported damage along the upper Cumberland River.
Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley said "many people" reported property damage.
“At one point, we had more than 50 people in shelters because many could not get back to their homes,” Mosley told the newspaper. “We had some people trapped across creeks because the bridges were covered.”