Thursday, July 7, 2016

State of emergency declared in county

In response to the flooding events which are impacting portions of western Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency today, July 7, 2016, in order to provide local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance.

A state of emergency has been declared in Crittenden County following last night's torrential rains.

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom made the declaration today due to significant damage to local infrastructure from wind and flash flooding. "This storm created considerable hardship on emergency response agencies and departments of transportation that provide services to the citizens of Crittenden County," the declaration read.

The state of emergency will last through and indefinite period of time due to the probability of more storms.

It makes the county eligible for federal and state emergency funding, should the governor also declare a state of emergency in the county. It also gives Newcom some latitude in operating county government outside normal procedures in order to facilitate recovery.

Following is a list of county roads temporarily closed by water, felled trees and tile and road damage:
  • Enon Church
  • Cool Springs
  • Lloyd Road
  • Paddy's Bluff
  • Erma-White Road
  • Youth Camp Road
Also, Mediacom internet and phone service is out, affecting courthouse offices, the public library and The Crittenden Press.