Flood aid agencies gear up

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

State and county officials are working together to aid residents affected by flash floods that struck northern Franklin County last week.

Representatives from local government, the Salvation Army, Red Cross, the United Way, U.S. Rep. Ernie Fletcher's office, Emergency Management, the Franklin County school district and the health department met Monday afternoon to review damage. County Judge-Executive Teresa Barton said the group aims to implement a hotline for people who were impacted by floods or who want to donate to flood victims.

Barton said at least 57 homes - 28 of which were farms - were impacted in some way by flooding, which resulted after a heavy rain hit last Friday. Meteorologists estimated the downpour produced 5 to 6 inches of precipitation in three hours.

Flood victims soon will be able to call a hotline for assistance, which in turn will enable relief workers to develop a damage inventory, Barton said. As of late Monday, there was not an assessed dollar value as to the extent of damage caused by the floods.

Home damage ranged from complete destruction to minor water damage and some roads and bridges were closed or couldn't be navigated. Two people perished in the floods, when rushing waters carried away a home in Stony Creek, killing a mother and her 6-year-old son.

In addition to Stony Creek, Barton said there is flood damage throughout northern Franklin County, including 421 North (Bald Knob Road), Harvieland, Bark Branch, Harp Pike and Devil's Hollow Road.

There is no clear explanation as to why floods hit northern Franklin County so quickly and were able to cause so much damage. Barton said the impact could have been a combination of forces, such as weather patterns, conditions of streams - all of which are tributaries to the Kentucky River - and the amount of rainfall received in a short amount of time.

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