Heavy rains cause flooding misery in the Appalachians

HARLAN, Ky. – Heavy rains flooded areas and mud slides caused in parts of the Appalachians, leaving dozens of people out of their homes and into the shelters as the high water closed roads and schools.

Kentucky Emergency Management spokeswoman Monica L. French told the news outlets that Harlan, Bell, Knox, Letcher and Floyd counties and the city of Pineville have declared states of emergencies due to floods.

Harlan County Judge-Executive Dan Mosley says between 30 and 50 people spent the night in a shelter on Saturday.

The National Weather Service still had flooding warnings posted on Monday morning for a few areas in Kentucky and Tennessee.

Heavy rainfall in southwest Virginia caused flooding, mudslides and a partial dam break Sunday. Although warnings in West Virginia, had expired, areas in the southern part of the state were cleaning up mudslides Sunday.

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