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Whitley County flooding forces at least 10 water rescues

First responders had a busy couple of days, particularly in southern Whitley County Sunday afternoon and Monday, rescuing individuals trapped either inside residences by high water or in vehicles that had become stuck in high water. Photos by Whitley County Emergency Management...
Posted On 31 Mar 2021

Laurel County remains in the orange zone while Whitley, Knox and Bell counties remain red

Laurel County remains in the orange zone while Whitley, Knox and Bell counties each remain in the red zone based on their COVID-19 incidence rates. Whitley County The Whitley County Health Department announced six additional COVID–19 cases on Thursday, bringing the county’s total...

Flooding covers parts of Williamsburg

Heavy rains last week caused flooding throughout Kentucky. Williamsburg saw high water, but the flooding did not compare to the 2020 flood which was the third highest in the county’s history. Areas such as Briar Creek Park and Three Point were under water Monday.
Posted On 04 Mar 2021

Officials still assessing damage from recent flooding

Officials are still assessing the damage from recent flooding that has damaged much of southeastern Kentucky, and it is unknown whether the state will meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration. “I think we are certainly going to reach the threshold for Whitl...
Posted On 26 Feb 2020

Sheriff rescues local resident from rising water

Whitley County Sheriff Todd Shelley waded into the rescue efforts occurring across Whitley County Thursday, carrying an elderly woman from the rising water in her home. Shelley said he and some of his deputies had responded to several calls on Ky. 1804 off of U.S. 25W when a call...

Update: Cumberland River now at 32.34 feet in Williamsburg

Update: As of 3 p.m. Friday, the Cumberland River was at 32.34 feet in Williamsburg. The river is considered to be at major flood stage at 32 feet. The river is now expected to crest at 32.8 feet at 1 p.m. Saturday. The record flood stage in Williamsburg occurred on April 7,...
Posted On 07 Feb 2020

Cumberland River expected to crest Saturday morning in Williamsburg

Flooding continues to ravage parts of Whitley County and Williamsburg as the Cumberland River continues to swell. As of about 9:30 a.m., Briar Creek Park was mostly underwater as was the playing surface at the University of the Cumberlands football stadium. According to the...
Posted On 07 Feb 2020

Update: Recent rains cause flooding throughout Whitley County

Update: As of 4 p.m. Thursday, the Cumberland River was at 27.69 feet. New estimates from the National Weather Service project the river cresting at 33 feet at 7 a.m. Saturday. 32 feet is considered major flood stage. This would make the flood the sixth highest in the recorded...
Posted On 06 Feb 2020

Whitley County declares state of emergency due to flooding

Now that floodwaters have begun to drop, Whitley County officials are starting to tabulate the damage from the flood of 2019. Whitley County Emergency Management Director Danny Moses said late Monday afternoon that local officials don’t have a monetary estimate on flood damage...
Posted On 27 Feb 2019

Update: Cumberland River expected to crest at 30 feet in W’burg at 1 a.m. Sunday

As of 10 a.m. Friday, the Cumberland River was at 24.7 feet in Williamsburg. Flood stage is at 21 feet. The river is expected to level off Friday afternoon before rising again to nearly 30 feet by early Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service. A couple of rounds...
Posted On 22 Feb 2019