Flood waters take a toll

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.”

The county road department is currently working on the main roads. However, for roads like Possum Hollow, where a complete road collapse is imminent and the cost will be much more than the county can handle, Emergency Management has already been in contact with the proper government agencies to get special assistance with the repair.

“We just need everyone to be patient,” said Mitchell. “We’ve got multiple sites to work on. There’s a rotation that you have to work off down to the lowest level. It’s all over the county, not just in one particular area.”

With water levels expected to rise once again this week, everyone is asked to be diligent and as always, watch out for your neighbors. If you have a non-emergency road problem due to flooding, you can reach Emergency Management at 627-7090. However, for emergencies, call 911.