Three coal miners are trapped in a Kentucky mine after relentless rain and flooding cut off their exit early today, reports NPR. The miners were able to safely reach high ground within the Jellico No. 1 mine, and officials above ground have been in communication with them via phone, says a mining safety spokeswoman. Rescuers said late this afternoon that they were "hopeful we can bring them out in about three hours, but [there are] no guarantees." None of the miners sustained injury, and pumping has begun to lower the water level considerably.
Flood water began pooling about 180 feet into the mine’s entrance when a diversion ditch failed to direct water elsewhere following a minor collapse, reports Northern Kentucky News. The Bell County area received between 4 and 6 inches of rain in five hours after a long line of thunderstorms rolled through overnight, and a flash flood warning has been issued until tomorrow. (Click to read about other flooding problems caused by Mother Nature.)