Flood cleanup continues in Knott County

KNOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Flood remains are leaving many counties, including Knott County, in need of mending and additional money.

County officials say one of the biggest mudslides needing immediate attention is just off Pinetree Hollow.

Nearly 200 feet of mud slid into the road blocking both traffic and trapping families in their homes.

Crews and three contractors have been working on the cleanup since Sunday and hope to be finished in the next few days.

Judge-Executive Zach Weinberg says while crews work the road will be closed most of the time but will be opened for school bus traffic.

"They'll [crews] probably try to slope the top of it and then put some of the rock back to hold it," Weinberg said. "Then [they will] let the water come back through that and into the ditch."

Sinking culverts were also found in Thornsbury Branch and three feet of erosion residue has been left behind by the flooded Troublesome Creek near Hindman Settlement School.

Brent Hutchinson, the Executive Director of Settlement School, says the creek raised to the point of being only eight inches away from touching the footbridge.

"The support for that footbridge washed away with the rain," Hutchinson said. "There's also another section of the creek bed that is burrowed out into some of the flatlands."

Both Hutchinson and Weinberg are fearful of additional rain and hope the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be able to help with the funding needed for repairs.

"There's not much we can do about mother nature and I just hope we don't get a whole lot in the coming days," Weinberg says.

Weinberg hopes to be in contact with FEMA in the near future.