Heavy rains in eastern Kentucky lead to life-threatening flash flooding

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A flash flood emergency is in effect until 8:30 a.m. ET for parts of Perry, Leslie, and Clay counties, and flash flood warnings are in effect for other nearby areas, the National Weather Service said.
“This is a particularly dangerous situation. Seek higher ground now!” the weather service said in a alert early Thursday.

“Many roads are closed and life-threatening flooding is occurring throughout the region,” the weather service noted.

About 3 to 6 inches of rain had fallen in the area by early Thursday, with 1 to 3 more inches possible during the day, the weather service said.

Whitewater rescues were reported in Perry County, including in Chavies, a community of a few hundred people about 110 miles southeast of Lexington, the weather service said.

In the Breathitt County community of Jackson, video recorded by Deric Lostutter showed floodwaters rushing past a home in the predawn darkness on Thursday, carrying a trash can and other debris with it.

Breathitt County opened its courthouse as a shelter for people displaced by flooding, the county’s emergency management agency said on Facebook.

“Many county roads are covered in water and impassable. Please stay off the roads if possible tonight,” the message said.

Rescue teams were unable to reach several areas due to “fast moving water on the roads”, the emergency management agency said. Noted.
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