KNOX COUNTY — After surveying the damage to the Kay Jay community due to torrential rain fall on Sunday, Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell has declared a State of Emergency for Knox County.
Declaring this State of Emergency will allow Knox County Emergency Management and Knox County Fiscal Court to request assistance from state, federal agencies and other organizations that assist communities during disasters as such the American Red Cross.
"When Knox County is in need this community comes together and supports each other," Mitchell said in the declaration. "I want to thank the community volunteers, first responders, Knox County Emergency Management and anyone that has assisted the Kay Jay community in their time of need."
Several area first responders responded to Kay Jay on Sunday afternoon to aid local residents.
Corbin Fire Special Operations, at the request of Knox County Emergency Management and Barbourville Fire Department, sent Battalion Chief Jack Partin and Rescue 2 with the swift water raft, rope rescue equipment, and several Swift Water Technicians.