PRESTONSBURG – Following a series of violent thunderstorms across the region beginning Monday, Floyd County was, comparatively, left without a great deal of damage or harm.
Neighboring Johnson County was not so lucky, with scores of homes flooded or destroyed and several residents still unaccounted for as of mid-week, as well as two people dead.
Here in the county, Arkansas Creek received the largest amount of flooding with reports of some homes receiving damage, but fallen branches and trees being the big issues that kept rescue crews and citizens alike busy as the water continued to fall on Tuesday.
With Pike and Magoffin counties also receiving a great deal of damage due to flash flooding, Gov. Steve Beshear issued a state of emergency declaration on Tuesday.
“The declaration is a part of the process to identify what assistance is needed in these counties because of the storms,” Gov. Beshear said. “We will work with our local and federal partners to measure damage and make sure each community has access to appropriate resources.”
In Johnson County, footage of a mobile home being swept beneath a bridge and torn to pieces made news station around the nation, including the Weather Channel. Other stations such as CBS and Fox News broadcast footage and updates on the flood conditions in Johnson.
Some areas of Floyd County were still without power as of Wednesday, while others were without running water. County officials could not be reached as of presstime to detail any further reports throughout the county.