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Families trapped by flooding creek
GRANT COUNTY, Ky. (Joe Webb) -- The heavy rains coupled with road work left neighbors in Grant County stuck at home Friday.
Heathen Ridge Road near Crittenden was cut off at both ends. No way in or out for dozens of families. Wildcat Creek took over Heathen Ridge Road overnight and Friday morning. When Roy Drew got moving he found he couldn't move very far.
"When I first came down here there was about 2 feet of water over the top of it. At least. And I turned around and I went back and I waited for it to run down until I thought I could cross it," Drew tells us.
By late morning, the creek was still swollen but the crossing was passable. For 12 hours or so, the 66 families who live on Heathen Ridge, Russell Flynn and Lanter Roads were stuck on one side of the creek or the other. There was no way to the main road and work, schools or the store.
The problem is there are two ways in and out of Heathen Ridge Road and both of them cross the creek. The rain washed out the one way. The other way is shut because the bridge is out and being replaced. The bridge, which failed an inspection and had to be replaced, won't be finished for a couple more weeks.
Residents are used to the one end washing out, but not being stuck. They are concerned about emergency crews' access. Magistrate Wanda Hammons, an EMT herself, is working with police, fire and ambulance service.
"We have a way, if we have a medical emergency or a fire situation, that we can get crews in and out to take care of our people. We've been busy this morning," Hammons said.
Hammons says the state forced the bridge replacement but admits the real need may be the low water crossing. Roy Drew says inspection or not the old bridge still worked and this end doesn't several times a year.
"It's a bad situation, that's what I think about it. They need to take some taxpayers' money and fix this cotton-pickin' thing," Drew said.
Before someone gets hurt because they are stuck. Because the creek will rise again.
The magistrate says the bridge on Heathen Ridge Road was closed Monday and should be open by April 14th. There are 66 homes on Heathen Ridge Road and the two smaller, dead end roads that run off it.
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