Overnight rain causes flooding
After overnight rain on Wednesday, News 10 is reporting that some locations areas of Southwest Virginia and Kentucky have experienced significant flooding. The hardest hit areas have seen anywhere from an estimated 6-12″ of rain. In Jackson, Kentucky the National Weather Service issued a rare Flash Flood Emergency for some of the areas that were hit the hardest.
The rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning led to flooding that became a major issue in Southwest Virginia areas including Pound, Hazard, Clintwood, Jenkins, and parts of Eastern Kentucky. Radar-estimated rainfall as of 8:15 a.m. on Thursday indicated that six to twelve inches of rain had fallen. Roads in Pound became impassible and residents were told to prepare for evacuation or shelter in place until the danger was over.
News10 reports that rugged terrain in Wise and Dickenson Counties in Virginia as well as in Eastern Kentucky added to the intensity of the rainfall and led to record flooding along the North Fork of the Kentucky River near Whitesburg. Kentucky Govenor Andy Beshear said this is one of the worst floods in his state's history and thus far 3 people have been reported to have died.
The Govenor has declared a state of emergency and the Kentucky National Guard, has mobilized and has begun to respond to the flooded region. Kentucky State Police and the Department of Fish and Wildlife are also assisting by actively searching for missing people.Virginia areas were not hit as hard as those in the neighboring state.