Several vehicles involved in embankment collapse in Paintsville

Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 9:26 AM EST
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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT/WSAZ) - Officials with Johnson County 911 tell WYMT recent flooding has caused a section of the embankment near the Paintsville City Garage to collapse into the river.

It happened Thursday morning on River Road.

A Facebook post from Johnson County Emergency Management states the slip is estimated to be between 100 feet wide and 400 feet long. The Paintsville Police Department posted this video below of an ambulance during the slide completely disappearing. The city has already lost two dump trucks, two pickup trucks, a Chevy Tahoe, and that ambulance from the massive slide that is still growing.

Just about all of the pavement behind the two Paintsville City Garages have collapsed into the Levisa Fork.

According to Paintsville Major Bill Runyon, this happened around 7 a.m. Thursday. Two city employees told him when the first collapse happened, it sounded like a bomb went off.

Paintsville Police say that the EMS director from Gov. Andy Beshear’s office has contacted city officials.

No one was injured.

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