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Casey County road washes out after heavy rain

Published: Sep. 13, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT
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LIBERTY, Ky. (WKYT) -Some roads became impassable due to high waters Sunday.

A portion of Kentucky Highway 70 is closed in western Casey County, after state officials say the road washed away.

According to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, the road is closed between mile marker 5 and 6, which is just east of Clementsville.

Officials say one lane of the highway completely washed away, and the whole road is blocked while they determine if the other lane is stable.

Casey County Emergency Management Director Rick Wesley said both state and county roads are damaged.

It’s not known when the roads might reopen.

Getting in and out of Liberty was nearly impossible at some points Sunday. Pockets of water on the U.S. 127 were too deep for some drivers.

“I’ve never seen it down here like this,” said Bernice Cain, who lives in Casey County. “I’ve seen it close to the road but not deep.”

Officials asked residents to stay home, and away from roads near the Green River.

Wesley said crews rescued at least four people.

“It’s been things that could have been prevented if people had not driven off into the water or evacuated before the water started coming up,” he said.

Wesley said even with the biggest part of the rain over, the runoff is the main concern.

It’s not Casey County Sheriff Chad Weddle’s first time handling an event like this.

“We’ve been through this before and we’ll get through it again hopefully it’s not going to be as bad as 2010,” he said.

Wesley remembers the flood it like it was yesterday

“It’s been 10 years since we had the Great Flood right here in this same spot and all businesses along the shopping center here had water in them,” Wesley said.

He said water already made its way into some businesses, and homes are at risk.

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