Flooding Forces Evacuation of Daycare in Allen County

May 19, 2017

Credit Kentucky Transportation Cabinet

Heavy rain today in parts of south central Kentucky has washed out roads and left some bridges impassable. 

Allen County Judge-Executive Johnny Hobdy says it was a tense day after three to five inches of rain fell in a two-hour period.  He says rescuers had to evacuate the Creative Children's Learning Center on Old Hartsville Road.

"Water had started to creep into the building," Hobdy told WKU Public Radio.  "When you've got kids there, you don't want them to get scared, and we wanted to assure their parents that they were okay. Emergency personnel got in there before if got any worse."

According to a press release from the Scottsville Police Department, the children were evacuated by backing a fire truck up to the front of the daycare and loading them on top of the truck.  A school bus transported the youth to Scottsville Baptist Church to be picked up by their parents.  Forty-four children and eight staff members were rescued without any injuries.

Hobdy says a few homes had to be evacuated, as well.

The water has begun to recede and crews are starting to remove debris and repair washed out roads.  A section of East Old State Road remains closed in Allen County.