Friday, June 08, 2001

Flash floods hit Eastern Ky.

The Associated Press

        SALYERSVILLE, Ky. — Evalee Collins didn't know whether to stay or go when water from a flash flood started lapping at her front porch Thursday.

        When members of a local rescue squad told her that the water was coming over the dam of a coal-mine pond upstream from her rural Magoffin County home, she quickly made up her mind.

        “I grabbed up my baby and I got out of here,” she said. “It was scary for a time.”

        Heavy rains have caused flash flooding across eastern Kentucky over the past week, washing out roads and bridges, damaging property and forcing some residents from their homes.

        Similar storms in Boyd and Carter counties caused flash floods Tuesday that forced 12 people from their homes around the Rush community.

        No one has been killed or injured.


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