FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2013) – Kentucky Emergency Management is closely monitoring flooding in several eastern Kentucky counties as a result of heavy rains that moved across the state last night.  Strong thunderstorms capable of producing strong winds and heavy rains are forecast for much of the Commonwealth over the next few days.

The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort at Boone Center, is watching flood conditions in Clay, Knox, Laurel, Harlan  Leslie and Owsley counties.  Some residents in Clay County in the Brite Shade area are stranded due to high water, and a swift water rescue team from Laurel County is en route to assist.

Harlan County has experienced mud slides and several flooded roadways.  The county has activated its Emergency Operations Center and has declared a local state of emergency. Owsley County has declared a local state of emergency, as well.

Kentuckians are encouraged to monitor weather (www.weather.gov) for their areas and heed warnings or evacuation orders from local officials. Do not drive through or wade through any water, no matter if just a few inches.  STOP, TURN AROUND – DON’T DROWN! 

Do not attempt to enter flooded structures unless a certified electrician has shut the power off.
For additional information and safety tips, please visit KYEM’s web site at www.kyem.ky.gov.

Be aware of toxic or hazardous wastes associated with flood waters.  For additional information on health safety tips and flood water clean-up, please visit the Department for Public Health’s website at www.chfs.ky.gov/dph/.

For statewide road conditions please visit www.511.ky.gov.

For local information, contact your local emergency management office. Follow this link for assistance: http://www.kyem.ky.gov/about/countyemdirectors.htm.

For river levels and expected crests, visit http://water.weather.gov/ahps/ and click on the area you wish to observe.

For additional information on this and other Kentucky disasters, please visit www.kyem.ky.gov



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