The water on Fort Branch had gone down considerably by the early afternoon on Wedensday, but not before it damaged the roadway and clogged several culverts along the way. (photos by Cris Ritchie)
The water on Fort Branch had gone down considerably by the early afternoon on Wedensday, but not before it damaged the roadway and clogged several culverts along the way.
Several culverts in the Viper community of Perry County were filled with debris after a cloud burst swept through the area and flooded several streams and creeks. This culvert is near Rogers Branch on Ky. 1165.
VIPER -- The Perry County judge-executive says he will be declaring a state of emergency following flash flooding on Wednesday.
Roads mostly in the southern part of the county were damaged as flood waters came up quick during the Wednesday afternoon storm. One road that was washed out has already been designated as needing repairs.
Perry County Emergency Management Director John Epperson said that parts of Fort Branch near Highway 7 in Fusonia has been washed out and the road has sustained serious damage. County road crews have been able to open the road, however, it will need major repairs.
“County Crews have gotten it opened back up, but they have had a terrible amount of rain is a short period of time,” said Epperson.
The rain quickly filled the streams and culverts, causing rushing water to cover the road.
“It filled up every one of our culverts and went over the road,” said Epperson.
Despite the violent sudden flooding on Fort Branch, Epperson said that no homes have been reported damaged.
“It washed one guy’s swimming pool away, but it hasn’t damaged any of the houses or anything like that. It has done some major road damage it has undercut the road,” Epperson noted, adding that officials may have to enlist some help to repair the roads through some national programs.
Judge Noble said that there are several roads like this across the county.
Several Perry County senior citizens were also stuck in Letcher County and Noble was on his way to see if he can get them out. Noble said once he returns to Perry County he will declare a state of emergency to hopefully get help for some of the road wash outs and downed trees in the county.