Severe weather causes flooding in Ashland


BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – UPDATE 6/19/19 @ 10 p.m.
Flash flooding affected the evening commute for many in Boyd County Wednesday evening.

Dispatchers say as many as 20 streets were flooded in Ashland, with more flooded roadways reported elsewhere in Boyd County, Kentucky.

As many as 20 streets in Ashland were covered with water after heavy rain hit after 4 p.m.

“I hope my garden is not ruined,” Sunshine Littrell said. “It just started rising and rising. We looked out, and the manhole cover was up. It looked like a water fountain.”

After getting off work, it took Tena Sexton an extra two hours to get home trying to find a safe route. Route 5 was covered at several locations as a stream came out of its banks. Sexton said she finally gave up trying to find a route that wasn’t covered with water, and she waited for the water to recede.

“I don’t ever drive through it,” Sexton said.

As children along Rosemont Drive watched the yards in their neighborhood turn into a big pond, they saw their bicycles go floating away.

Because of roads being covered, those kids were knocked out of going to vacation bible school.

Neighbors along Rosemont were relieved the rain let up and the water started receding just before it got into homes.

“It got up just level with the porch,” James Boyd said.

“We’re constantly trying to make the yard look good,” Littrell said. “Something like this happens, and we’re back to square one.”

Several streets are flooded late Wednesday afternoon in Ashland and in other parts of the county after heavy rain, Boyd County 911 dispatchers say.

They say as many as 20 streets are flooded in Ashland, with more flooded roadways reported elsewhere in Boyd County.

According to emergency officials, Route 5 from Rose Road to Old Buckley Road is closed due to high water.

A woman who lives along 29th Street in Ashland called our newsroom and said there was so much water that it looked like a fountain at her home.

We have a crew at the scene. Keep checking the WSAZ app for the latest information.

2019-06-20 02:03:45

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