Flooding in Brownies Creek community

Photo submitted by Patty Wilder About 3/4 of a mile up Blacklick Branch Road in the Brownies Creek community, Lewis and Rodney Wilder Jr. successfully rescued four miniature horses during the flood.

Becky Wilder has lived in the Brownies Creek community for 34 years and says she has never seen a flood like the one that ravished the community this past Sunday. Wilder initially believed the floods were from the typical down burst of rain but when water started rushing down the road in front of her house, she knew something was different.

“We’ve seen bad rains like that before and we’ve seen flooding like that before but we have never seen it coming out of that mountain like that before,” said Wilder.

Wilder immediately began reaching out for help via the phone and Internet. Within minutes of sending a message to Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock, Wilder said help was on the way.

“It was just boom, boom, boom and everyone was there,” said Wilder.

Brock agreed with Wilder — the cloud burst had started the flood.

“As my grandfather would have said, they had a cloud burst in Brownies Creek,” said Brock. “We had major flooding in that area — primarily in and around Black Lick Branch.”

Brock said crews worked throughout the night to make the roads passable for Monday.

“Our crews worked until after midnight removing debris and getting roads passable and we are back up there today,” continued Brock.

Brock also acknowledged with this kind of flash flooding, the situation could have been a lot worse.

“Thank God no one was hurt. Flash flooding of that nature can kill in an instant,” concluded Brock.

Four driveways and several yards were washed out during the flood.

Reach Reina P. Cunningham at 606-302-9091.

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