Friday, April 3, 2015

Flash floods raise streams; creek threatens restaurant

South Elkhorn Creek was so high at 11 a.m. that there was only a hint of the Weisenberger Mill dam.

Severe weather dropped a significant amount of water into the Midway area last night and this morning. The rising of South Elkhorn Creek seems have caused the disappearance of the Weisenberger Mill dam. Later in the day, water rise and blocked the road.

The creek covered Old Frankfort Pike (KY 1681) at the Faywood bridge and was threatening Rachel's Kitchen, WKYT-TV reported. The road was also blocked a short distance to the east, just across the Fayette County line. See comments from area residents on this Facebook page. UPDATE: The restaurant prevented flooding with sandbags at its front door.

A man who answered the phone at the Woodford County Road Department at about 12:15 p.m. said he had not heard of any roads closed by high water. The man declined to give his name but said water levels in the area were dropping. However, rain returned and other road closures were reported in the late afternoon, including Leestown Pike (US 421) at the eastern railroad underpass in Fayette County.

The National Weather Service posted a flood warning through 2:45 p.m. and a flash flood watch until 8 p.m. The weather station at the Lexington airport reported that 3.37 inches of rain fell there between 2 and 8 a.m. For further updates, the station webpage is here.

The weather service said thunderstorms are expected in the area well into the afternoon. Some storms could be strong to severe including damaging winds, isolated tornadoes and even hail. --Rashad Bigham

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