Flood waters take a toll

March 12, 2015
A section of Possum Hollow Road (CR 1139), about two miles off Hwy 25E, has been washed away due to erosion caused by recent flood waters.

A section of Possum Hollow Road (CR 1139), about two miles off Hwy 25E, has been washed away due to erosion
caused by recent flood waters.

By Bobbie Poynter


Destruction from the recent winter storm and subsequent flooding have left Knox County road crews with a massive undertaking. Complaints of serious road erosions have been pouring into Emergency Management. With numerous calls coming in, Mike Mitchell, Emergency Management coordinator, has been working directly with the road department in getting the county’s roads safe for school bus travel and its residents.

Currently, the department is compiling all the information and prioritizing those roads that need immediate attention for public safety.

“We’re currently compiling numbers for Frankfort, who works directly with FEMA,” said Mitchell. “Once the numbers are compiled across the state, we’ll have to wait and see if we meet the state threshold. If we do, the Kentucky Emergency Management will request a presidential declaration, after which we will be able to request federal funds to fix some of these roads.”

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