Widespread Flash Flooding of Roadways in Western Kentucky

Jun 1, 2013

Credit crh.noaa.gov/pah

From the American Red Cross:

The Paducah Area Chapter of the American Red Cross has opened a temporary shelter for those in need due to flooding at First Baptist Church, 2890 Broadway, Paducah, KY 42001. If you need to seek shelter, bring your medications or other necessary items with you. If you need immediate disaster assistance, please contact American Red Cross at 270-442-3575. 

From Keith Todd, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

Update at 10:09 am: Floodwaters have shorted out the traffic signal at the I-24/US 60 Exit 4 Interchange in McCracken County.  4-Way stop signs will be put out at this intersection as soon as floodwaters recede. Hickman County reports KY 80 is closed by floodwaters at the 3 mile marker in the Arlington West End area. KY 1628 is closed between the 1 and 3mm in Hickman Co. Motorists should avoid these areas. Also, City of Paducah Parks are closed due to flooding, Live on Broadway canceled. 

Update at 8:35 am: Additional counties are now reporting widespread flooding of roadways. Calloway reports flooding at the intersection of KY 94 at KY 1660/Johnny Robertson Road and at several spots along KY 121 in the county.  A tree is reported blocking KY 121 in the New Concord area. Trigg County reports water over various highways.  Water is over US 68 between the 11 and 12 mile marker.  This is near the entrance to Lake Barkley State Park. Hickman County reports KY 58 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the 10 mile marker near Clinton. KY 1820 is CLOSED by floodwaters at the Graves-Hickman County line. Water is over roadways at other locations too numerous to list. Motorists are urged to avoid unnecessary travel.  If you do have to travel slow down and use extreme caution. 

Latest weather conditions from Paducah National Weather Service.

Traffic Alert 7:51 am: Due to heavy rain overnight we have reports of flash flooding along highways in several counties that has severely hampered travel. Motorists are urged to slow down and use extreme caution. Several counties report water over the road In places that have not been flooded before. McCracken County and Carlisle County highway crews report water is over roadways in so many places they are having difficulty getting signs up. Due to continuing heavy rain flash flooding is likely to continue through the day. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning for Carlisle, Ballard, McCracken and Marshall Counties.  Radar indicated 2 to 3 inches of rain has fallen over these counties with another inch or two possible. Remember, as little as 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet or push a vehicle off the roadway. Motorists should be alert for flooding in areas of heavy rainfall and us extra caution as heavy rain continues to move through the region.