Storms hit Bell County


Flooding reported throughout county

By Reina P. Cunningham - [email protected]



Photos courtesy of Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett This is KY 1344 at Hances Creek after storms on Tuesday.


Sugar Camp Branch in Brownies Creek flooded from the heavy downpours that came through on Tuesday.


Weiser Branch in Arjay also flooded during the storms.


Summer storms hit Bell County again on Tuesday and caused flooding in numerous areas throughout the area.

KY 1344 at Hances Creek quickly became impassable as the road disappeared beneath muddy water that rushed from the side of the mountain. Sugar Camp Branch was one of the area in Brownies Creek that flooded after the heavy downpours. Numerous trees also fell in the Brownies Creek area that had still not fully re-cooped from last week’s floods.

The Arjay community was also damaged with floods throughout the day. Weiser Branch was one area in the community that became completely impassable.

According to Bell County Emergency Management, heavy rain in the morning caused small creeks and streams to become full and the heavy rain in the afternoon made for more water on the roadways. The BCEM Facebook page stresses — if a roadway is flooded do not attempt to drive through it.

County and state road crews spent the day monitoring conditions and working to keep driving conditions safe.

Gov. Steve Beshear declared a State of Emergency following the storms on Monday and Tuesday.

“The declaration is a part of the process to identify what assistance is needed in these counties because of the storms,” said Beshear. “We will work with our local and federal partners to measure damage and make sure each community has access to appropriate resources.”

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091 or on Twitter @ReinaDailyNews.

Photos courtesy of Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett This is KY 1344 at Hances Creek after storms on Tuesday.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_flood1.jpgPhotos courtesy of Bell County Emergency Management Director Ben Barnett This is KY 1344 at Hances Creek after storms on Tuesday.

Sugar Camp Branch in Brownies Creek flooded from the heavy downpours that came through on Tuesday.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_flood-2.jpgSugar Camp Branch in Brownies Creek flooded from the heavy downpours that came through on Tuesday.

Weiser Branch in Arjay also flooded during the storms.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/web1_flood-3.jpgWeiser Branch in Arjay also flooded during the storms.
Flooding reported throughout county

By Reina P. Cunningham

[email protected]

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