Torrential rains caused severe flooding across Clay County early Monday morning and aftern, keeping road crews and emergency personnel busy.
Lockard’s Creek Fire Department Chief Charles “Dobber” Weaver said his department was out the entire morning.
“We started out with a car fire on Bowling Street in Lyttleton and it went from there,” he said.
The department also was called to respond to three vehicles stalled out in high water on Muddy Gap.
“The water had the roadway completely covered,” he said. “When those vehicles attempted to go through it they stalled out.”
Allen’s wrecker service was called to come tow the vehicles out of the road. No injuries were reported in those incidents.
The department also responded to trees down on Horse Creek and water flooded several basements in homes, Weaver said.
The water also caused what could be a potential major issue on US 421 in downtown Manchester.
Flood waters raised the pavement at Stinson Hill near Rawlings and Goins and the county administration building.
“It was pretty severe,” Weaver said. “Water was up about three feet and literally raised the pavement.”
The water was rushing down Town Branch road into downtown Manchester like a roaring river, Weaver said.
High water also blocked KY. 80 at Horse Creek Baptist Church for an extended time.
Memorial Drive near the Rawlings-Stinson Park was also partially shut down as debris from the road construction washed down the roadway.
Another storm struck the northern part of Clay County later that afternoon leaving US 421 at Burning Springs under heavy water in several areas.
A tree fell on a car near Save-A-Lot at Fall Rock, but all occupants escaped without serious injury.
Reports also came in that a bridge washed out on Upper Rader Creek and a home was flooded and moved from its foundation.