PERRYVILLE — Some Perryville residents woke up Sunday morning to find the Chaplin River flowing a little to close to their homes.
Flash flooding is nothing new to the river, but Boyle County Emergency Management Director Lennie Shepperson said the rushing waters haven’t got as high as they did Sunday in many years. In addition to running through some yards, the water made it to the doorstep of a homeowner on Smith Street.
Beulah Glasscock, 95, lives in the Smith Street home where water lapped at the front steps before she was able to drive her car up the hill to safety. Glasscock has lived in the house since 1972 and experienced three serious floods during that time.
“Usually if it gets up the driveway it comes up under the floor, and it was coming up that driveway,” Glasscock said. “I was just so thankful it didn’t get in my house.”
Glasscock said her daughter and son-in-law came to stay with her as they waited and watched. She said the combination of wind and hard rain made it difficult to see anything, but the water came and went relatively quickly.
Shepperson said because the flooding occurred during the daytime and Glasscock knew to get to higher ground, she was able to stay out of harm’s way.There were no evacuations due to flooding, Shepperson said.
The cause of the fast rising water was heavy rain in the Mitchellsburg area, where water also crossed the roadway several times. Shepperson said a portion of Ky. 37 about half a mile west of Carpenter’s Creek Road washed out underneath a guard rail and was being fixed by the state highway department.
There also were some downed trees throughout the county Sunday, Shepperson said.