Flash flooding takes over Allen County

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SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) -- Early in the morning on Friday, Allen County and the city of Scottsville experienced a downpour to cause massive damage, especially out on Old Hartsville Road.

Mayor of Scottsville Rob Cline says the damage is overwhelming.

"We have a mess all over this city. So, it's just cleanup time, and it's going to take a while," Mayor Cline mentioned.

Allen County Deputy Sheriff Dwight Keen stated the rain packed a punch in just a few hours.

"From what I understand, we had right at five inches of rain in three hours. Buildings, vehicles, damage to a foundation on a home that was destroyed on the south end of the county on Stafford Hollow Road. This area is pretty prone to the flooding due to the creek right behind us."

Lisa Copas, Scottsville resident and family member of Stinson Plumbing, says this isn't out of the ordinary when it rains like this.

"Every time it rains this hard, this fast, it just does it. This is my dad's and my brother's, it's all I've been raised with for years."

And Co-owner of Stinson Plumbing, Wayne Stinson says, this time, the flash flood did impressive damage to his business out on Old Hartsville Road.

"We didn't get any water until this time. And, we've got water in the building about a foot," Stinson added.

Crocker Animal Hospital receptionist Gail Schearer said it only took 15 minutes for the flood water to cause a scare.

"I've been here for nine years, and this is the third time it's flood. We started putting all the cats and the small dogs in the carriers, got the other one on the leash and by that time the water was coming in. And, it took two of us to push the door open, and wade through the water that was up to my hips to get to the fire truck that was waiting for us."

And Crocker Animal Hospital technician Virginia Geiske added if it weren't for her coworker Gail, she may not have made it out of the hospital safely.

"When I first stepped out the door, I was scared to death. I was telling Gail I am so scared. And, to me, Gail was really my hero cause she was leaning against me as we were walking through the current so I wouldn't slip and fall and get trapped away in to the water," Geiske mentioned.

As far as what the next step is for some of the business owners on Old Hartsville Road, they don't plan to go anywhere any time soon.

"Well, to get it cleaned up, and get everything back. We'll probably stay here," Wayne Stinson said.

"We still have standing water about six inches back there. Just going to start assessing damage and cleaning up," Gail Schearer added.

Although there's massive damage done, Lisa Copas stated that she's thankful the flash flooding didn't take out any lives, and the community will continue to help each other rebuild.

"Everybody's got out safe, no one was hurt, which is the good thing. This is a small town, and we'll stick together and we'll get it fixed. The firemen, the police department and everything, they done a great job this morning."

There have been no fatality reports regarding the Friday morning flash flood that took place in Allen County.

The children and employees at the Old Hartsville Road learning center
made it out safe and sound. They stayed at the Scottsville Baptist Church until the children were picked up by a family member or loved one.

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