Heavy rain Thursday night continued to put the area’s flood protection systems under stress, and as Ohio River waters rise, it’s expected to cause potentially dangerous conditions. The swollen Ohio River will keep rising through at least Monday, according to the latest projections from the National Weather Service, with moderate flooding expected outside of protected areas in the days ahead, There remained significant concerns about potential flash flooding on Saturday with another round of heavy rain expected to move through the area that day, authorities said.
At least two people were reported dead as of Saturday night as Kentucky reels from tornadoes and flooding.
Tornadoes hit the mid-south part of the state late Saturday evening, killing at least two just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, according to CNN. The Logan County Sheriff’s office said a 79-year-old woman died after being hit by debris during the tornado, a local CNN affiliate reported. A man was also found dead in Simpson County after his car became sank in a creek.
By Sunday morning, the river gauge near downtown Louisville had the crest, or the highest point of a wave, of the Ohio River at 34.9 feet. The normal level is about 12 feet. In 1997, the water was measured at 38.8 feet; roughly 50,000 homes flooded and the Louisville area alone saw $200 million in damage.
A MetroSafe supervisor told the Courier-Journal that there had been anywhere from 75 to 100 phone calls of abandoned vehicles and that at least 20 people needed to be rescued from cars and buildings because of rising flood waters.
More than 18,000 customers in Kentucky were left without power, according to the Weather Channel.
The sudden rise in flood water affected numerous residents that live along the Ohio River in Southern Indiana and Jefferson County. Interstate 64 was closed in both directions.
Thankfully, the worst of the flooding is done. There is no rain in the forecast on Sunday, giving the river a chance to recede in the coming days.
Read or Share this story: https://usat.ly/2ow5Nje