Department of Highways, District 10
High Water Forces Road Closures in District 10

Press Release Date:  Monday, January 23, 2006  
Contact Information:  H.B. ELKINS
(606) 666-8841

JACKSON, KY – (Jan. 23, 2006) -- Several hours of rainfall, heavy at times, has forced streams out of their banks in east-central and southeastern Kentucky. This has resulted in road closures in four counties in District 10.

In Breathitt County, KY 378 (Frozen Creek Road) is closed between mile markers 6 and 7, and KY 1098 (South Fork Road) is closed at mile marker 2.

In Estill County, KY 3328 (Red Lick Road) is closed between mile markers 1 and 2.

In Lee County, high water is affecting KY 52 (Beattyville-Irvine Road) between mile markers 1 and 2 near the Estill County line. One lane is currently closed and Transportation Cabinet maintenance personnel report that the water is receding. This impacts travel between Beattyville and Irvine. Motorists can expect delays in this area.

In Powell County, KY 613 is closed near mile marker 1 at Bowen. In addition, high water is impacting travel on KY 1057 and KY 2026 near Clay City, but these highways are open and maintenance personnel report that water is receding in this area.

At 8:45 a.m., National Weather Service radar in Jackson indicated that the heaviest rain had exited the area to the east and only moderate patches of rain were reported across the district. Radar indicated that the precipitation is ending from west to east.

Motorists are urged not to drive through high water and to seek alternate routes. Heavy rain can also trigger rock and mud slides, and drivers are cautioned to watch for slides.

Further advisories will be issued as more highways become affected by high water.