Triplett Creek Flood
By Rob Ginter - Staff Writer
July 23, 2010 — As some homeowners are still in the midst of cleanup from the May 2 flood, parts of Rowan County were once again hit hard by floodwaters Tuesday night into Wednesday. Approximately six inches of rain caused mudslides, closed roads, the flooding of homes and evacuation of residents.
Rowan County Judge Executive Jim Nickell signed a proclamation July 21 as a Declaration of a Local State of Emergency.
“We had 6 inches of rain from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday night into Wednesday Morning,” Assistant Judge Executive Jerry Alderman said.
According to Alderman, rescue crews had to evacuate four people from two different mobile homes on Buckner Branch and a couple was safely evacuated from their home on the 9000 block of Cranston Road.
“Our first calls for assistance came at 2 a.m.” Route 377 Fire Department Training Officer Danny Blevins said. “We had to do swift water rescues on Buckner Branch. We also had a man trapped on the hood of his vehicle he had driven into high water. He was able to get out of the vehicle and get it out safely.”
According to Blevins, his department had numerous welfare checks from 2 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. and at least a dozen calls for assistance.
Route 377 Fire Department received assistance from the Rowan Rescue Squad and Farmers Fire Departments Swift Water Team.
“About half our responders were isolated due to the flooding,” Blevins said. “They wanted to help but they could not reach the station to get to needed equipment. We were running at half of normal capacity due to the flooding.”
Twenty homeowners reported damage in the flood, six of which have extensive damage and major repairs need to be done in the homes to make them livable, Alderman said.
“There was a horse and a colt that were washed away from a barn on Poplar Hollow Road,” Blevins said. “They were recovered downstream safely. We also had a 500 gallon propane tank that washed away from a residence and was blocking Dry Branch Road, Route 377 Fire department responded and the tank was removed by the venders that owns the tank.”
“Wednesday night Red Cross toured and informed people about how to apply for aid,” Alderman said. “We set them up through Christian Social Services to provide supplies and clothing. We had a lot of crop damage.”
Alderman gave advice to residences with property damage.
“Those residents that did have property damage need to contact the Rowan County Extension office,” Alderman said.
Rowan County’s new CodeRed emergency notification system was beneficial during the emergency, Alderman said.
“CodeRed worked very well,” Alderman said. “Ronnie Day put out a message within a two-mile radius of the advising of flood area and it advised them in safety measures they needed to take. That really paid off, to me it’s a valuable asset to the county.”
According to Alderman, Lewis and Carter counties also declared a state of emergency.
“After declaring the state of the emergency we now have to wait to see if we are eligible for aid,” Alderman said.
A good news story. BTW where is Triplett Creek ???
Mountains of Northeastern Kentucky.
Follow-up information on flooding.
Designated Counties for Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides
Disaster Summary For FEMA-1925-DR, Kentucky
Declaration Date: July 23, 2010
Incident: Severe Storms, Flooding, and Mudslides
Incident Period: July 17, 2010, and continuing
(Assistance to individuals and households):
Madison, Mason, Pike, and Rowan Counties.
(Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):
Pike County. Direct Federal assistance is authorized.
Carter, Elliot, Lewis, and Madison Counties.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
(Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):
All counties in the Commonwealth of Kentucky are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Other: Additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.
Follow up FEMA Declares Rowan County;