UPDATED July 16, 2015
JULY 14, 2015
FLOOD CLEANING SUPPLY DRIVE PLEASE SHARE!
Beginning this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. our church and youth groups will be collecting cleaning supplies for our neighbors in Johnson County that have been affected by the flood. We will collect items on the road side of the Church under the awning. If no one is there, there will be a box you can leave your items in. Here is a list of items needed, any brands are fine…
Liquid household cleaners
Please share this status so others will know to help as well!
JULY 14, 2015
JOHNSON COUNTY – KY 172 and other state routes in Johnson County have sustained some damage from the flash flood of July 13, but so far all roads are passable and should not be an impediment for residents or emergency responders.
“There are some places where embankment failures have reduced the highway to one lane,” said Sara George, Highway District 12 Information Officer. “We have those marked with barriers and cones. People should be cautious and drive slowly in those areas.”
George said that one bridge suffered pavement damage to the abutments on each end, but the bridge itself is not damaged.
Once the water completely recedes, assuming we do not have more this evening or through the night, the state routes in Johnson County should all be passable.
“We do not have a timeline on when KY 172 might be open,” George said. “In order for emergency responders to do their work and to protect property owners and residents who are trying to clean up from the flood damage, it is necessary to restrict access to KY 172. We are cooperating with the Kentucky State Police in this regard.”
Highway District 12’s maintenance facility to be flood headquarters for RMS
UPDATE: JULY 15, 2015
JOHNSON COUNTY – Highway District 12’s maintenance facility on KY 172 in Johnson County is serving as headquarters and a staging area for all emergency responders whose agencies were activated after the recent flash flooding.
“We are in the right place and have plenty of room,” said Chief District Engineer Mary Westfall-Holbrook. “This allows the emergency responders to be extremely close to the areas that are most severely affected. Response time from here is minimal. Plus, all the agencies who are assisting in search and rescue as well as cleanup and damage assessment can communicate immediately with each other because they are all in the same place.”
Barry Spriggs, Superintendent at the maintenance facility, said he is pleased that his crew could be of assistance in this way.
“We are out on the roads, but the agencies who are here – State Police, Emergency Management, the fire departments, Incident Management out of Frankfort, and others – they have total use of our lot and facilities as long as they need them.”