No major reports of flooding in Harlan and Bell County from overnight rain

Published: Feb. 13, 2020 at 6:01 AM EST
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As of early Thursday morning, officials in Harlan and Bell County have not received any serious reports of high water.

Our Connor James started the day in Pineville where the Cumberland River is expected to crest in minor flood stage early Friday morning.

Several locations along the Cumberland River from Baxter to Williamsburg are expected to crest in the minor or moderate flood stage.

Many of the low lying areas that typically flood are still in good shape as of early Thursday morning.

Connor talked to Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley live in our 6:30 a.m. half-hour of Mountain News This Morning. Here is a transcript of their interview:

Connor: "Dan, we were talking just a little bit ago, kind of a fortunate morning, all things considered, especially compared to last week."

Mosley: "We are very blessed this morning, considering what we experienced last week, to be able to get through the night with more of a soaking rainfall rather than a torrential rainfall. Even though there is still a lot of water in the ground. We've picked up about 1.8" here in Harlan where we measure since noon yesterday (Wednesday), which is much much less than we received this time last week."

Connor: "What are you kind of keeping an eye on as we go further into today (Thursday)?"

Mosley: "We've been monitoring the river all night, watching the gradual increases and we're still a few feet away from flood stage here and with the rain moving out, we feel really good about where we're at here. We'll continue to monitor that and the levels in the areas we have to pump from the city of Harlan to make sure that the city doesn't flood. Right now, we feel really good about where we're at."

Connor: "You don't just have a busy day here in Harlan, you have a busy day in general. You'll be going to London to meet with Governor Beshear to talk about some things in regards to recent flooding. Can you talk a little bit about what you guys might hit on?"

Mosley: "The governor is coming to the region today (Thursday) to assess the flood damage for himself and we appreciate him coming to look at the damage, but also for declaring a state of emergency, which opens up Harlan County and other counties that have been impacted by this for federal relief. Our damage assessment teams have been out documenting all the damage not only to public infrastructure but also to homes that have been destroyed as well. His declaration will allow us to tap into federal resources. We're going to get a briefing on that today (Thursday). We really appreciate him taking the time to come and see what's going on for himself."

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