Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Flash flood warning issued for Woodford, Scott, Franklin and other counties; followed by flood advisory

UPDATE: The weather service canceled its flood warning at 11 p.m. but issued a flood advisory for eastern Woodford County through 2 a.m.; Paynes Mill Road is closed by high water.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for an area that includes Midway, the rest of Woodford County, Scott and Franklin counties and northern Fayette County.

At 5:52 p.m. Wednesday NWS said its Doppler radar "indicated very heavy rainfall from repeated thunderstorms over the warned area." The warning said the affected areas included Georgetown.

Other parts of the warned area are Harrison and Nicholas counties, southern Shelby County and eastern Spencer County. The warning is in effect until midnight EDT.

The rain is falling on ground already saturated from rains last week, which Woodford Sun correspondent John McDaniel said raised water to record levels in Midway, and more recently. From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today, more than four and a half inches of rain fell in a small area along US 421 in Woodford and Franklin counties, an NWS map showed.

"Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches are possible in the warned area over the next few hours," the warning said. "Do not drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. The water depth may be too great to allow your car to cross safely. Move to higher ground. Report flooding to local law enforcement. Post your report to the National Weather Service Louisville facebook page or tweet your report using #lmkspotter."

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