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‘I’ve never seen it come down as quick’: Lee County native reacts to recent flood event

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 7:23 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Unexpected on and off rain is what Lee County Natives experienced all day Friday.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, 70 years, and it’s the worst I’ve seen it. I’ve never seen it come down as quick,” said Lee County native Darrell Hogan.

The county is still recovering from flooding three months ago that left extensive damage.

“Now we’re going to have to deal with more damage that has occurred because of this event. But this a flash type of flood, versus the other flood was more sustainable long term flood event,” said Lee County Emergency Manager Jon Allen.

The current weather conditions present a new situation.

“The creeks couldn’t handle the volume of water and it just washed across the roads, pushed a lot of debris out,” said Hogan.

Crews were out all day to working to help clean up before more damage could occur, while trying to keep community members stay safe.

“Fortunately we haven’t lost any structures or anything like that. Most of our damages are going to be roadways, bridges those toes of things,” said Allen. “So that’s fortunate in no direct impact of people’s homes or businesses, however it is going to take us a little bit to get the roads back where they are passable.”

But through it all, a community that stands together.

“I’ve had two or three of my fishing buddies call me, see if I need any help,” said Hogan.

Allen says those needing assistance can call 606-464-5030.

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