Flash Flood Watch in Effect for Region Through Wednesday Evening; Paducah Hit Hard by Heavy Rains

Jul 7, 2015

Flooding near Madison and 25th streets in Paducah Tuesday morning.
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A flash flood watch is in place through Wednesday evening as heavy rain continues to fall on parts of the region.

McCracken County Emergency Management meteorologist Beau Dodson estimates that overnight storms caused “several million dollars” in flash flood damage, with pocket areas receiving more than 5 inches of rain.

“Emergency management’s been busy since early [Tuesday] morning – some water rescues, people driving in the water, cars stalling out, having to go in and get those people," Dodson said. "Also, quite a few residents had to be evacuated this morning, some in boats.”

Dodson said he was unaware of any major injuries. He said the Kentucky Oaks Mall area was hit hard by floodwaters from a nearby creek. He said Paducah’s south side and Lone Oak also received significant flash flooding.

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National Weather Service hydrologist Mary Lamm says the rain is not expected to let up Tuesday.

“We have a lot of shower and thunderstorms that will be developing through the afternoon," Lamm said Tuesday. "They are very efficient heavy rain producers as some areas have seen this morning.

Drivers are urged to use extreme caution, with the NWS advising to turn around if you see a road with water over it.

This story will be updated.