HAZARD — Flash flooding hit hard in areas of Perry County Monday morning. Torrential downpours caused high waters to threaten homes in hollows and along creek banks. There were reports of damages to some homes in the locations of the flooding, and after the waters receded, large amounts of mud and debris were left behind.
Jasper Adams, an official at the Perry County Garage, said the areas that suffered worst in the flooding were Lost Creek, Pigeon Roost, Homeplace Clinic, Cam-Johnson’s Branch, Chavies, and Buckhorn. In Cam-Johnson’s Branch, Adams said a 6-foot culvert had been washed out, preventing residents there from exiting or entering the location. Residents in and near Cam-Johnson’s Branch reported that the ground was slipping near their homes.
In Grapevine, a community along Highway 28 near Chavies, Davidson Baptist Church experienced high water flowing into part of a smaller structure it uses for Sunday school services. The church itself, which is a larger building on the premises, was not involved in the flooding.
“Water came right up to the door [of the main church building],” said Charlie Combs, a member of the church, who was helping with cleanup efforts. “It didn’t get in. It could have been a whole lot worse.”
Various members of the church showed up to assist with removing large amounts of debris from the creek banks and thick mud from the parking lots.
The Herald also received reports of a mudslide in Chavies that left motorists stuck in traffic as crews worked to clear the highway.
Adams reported that crews had been dispatched to Wolf Pen Branch, Lost Creek, Chavies, and Krypton to help with the cleanup. After completing work in those areas, he said the crews would move on to other areas where assistance was needed.
County officials were still assessing the damage to the county Monday afternoon, and were still deliberating on whether or not to declare the county a disaster area.
Mindy Miller can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.