Pike County apartments evacuated due to mudslide

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Heavy rain caused a mudslide in Pike County putting eight homes in danger.

Mud and water washed down Kentucky Avenue in Pikeville as families and crews began cleaning up.

"You know, it's a pretty significant slide just considering, you know, what's below it," Paul Maynard, Director of Pikeville Public Safety, said.

Around one o'clock Friday afternoon the hillside behind town homes on Kentucky Avenue gave away and mud and water came crashing into the homes below.

"It's devastating, I've cried all day," Christina Zamora said.

Zamora has lived in the town homes for five years.

Her home received significant damage.

"The water is up past my knees, my back patio is all flooded, I have a cottage out back, it's all flooded," Zamora said.

The slide sent mud and water through Zamora's back door and into her living room.

"All the toys that was downstairs is destroyed, all the electronics is destroyed, pretty much everything that was downstairs is gone," Zamora said.

Emergency officials said heavy rain Friday morning caused the slide.

"You know, this morning we started getting what we call 'heavy hitters,'" Maynard said. "It was one storm, right after another storm, after another storm."

Police made the eight families leave their homes behind for the night.

The Red Cross is helping them find a place to stay.

Emergency officials said they will do as much work possible Friday to stabilize the hill as more rain could fall throughout the weekend.

Officials said they aren't sure how long the families will be out of their homes.

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