flooding

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared federal disaster aid for 20 Kentucky counties, including more than a dozen in our listening area. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

More than 20 counties across Kentucky, including more than a dozen in our listening area are seeking disaster relief in the wake of severe flooding. 

Kara Lofton, West Virginia Public Radio

People in West Virginia are still recovering from floods that tore through communities like vengeful gods. When you look at the pictures and videos of the June flood – thick, brown, furious, unrelenting – it’s not hard to imagine how our ancestors believed supernatural beings were behind the devastation. Today, of course, we have better insight into the natural forces at work, and science shows us that the damage from nature’s wrath has a lot to do with human behavior.

National Weather Service Paducah, weather.gov

Thursday Afternoon:

Heavy rain continues to pour over the Four Rivers Region this afternoon and evening. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until 7:30 tonight. Two to four inches of rain have already fallen over the past 4 hours and one to two inches of additional rainfall is possible. Stay clear of flooded roads. 

Mark Jaroski / Wikimedia Commons

UPDATE:

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the US 51 'Cairo' Bridge is now open to traffic.   

The river crossing has been shut since December 31st after floodwaters covered a portion of the bridge on the Kentucky side. 

steeleman204 / Flickr (Creative Commons License)

The National Weather Service has lowered projected Ohio River crest levels, leading Paducah officials to cancel preparations to install the city’s floodgates.

photo courtesy of McCracken County Sheriff's Department

  A man with a duffel bag and a syringe sticking out of his arm led McCracken County Sheriff’s deputies into the Ohio River Wednesday.

Michael Jones

  A shelter has been set up for evacuated flood victims in McCracken County.

American Red Cross Manager Angela Roberts says they have identified four affected areas, mostly within the Paducah city limits.

NWS

Flood waters are are moving down the Ohio River and prompted a  flood warning for manyRiver Kentucky counties.  

The National Weather Service outlook shows water levels have risen some 6 feet above the 39-foot flood stage in Paducah.  

NWS Paducah/Facebook

  National Weather Service meteorologists are calling for more than two inches of rain in some parts of western Kentucky over the next two days.

A flood watch for the quad-state area will go into effect at 6 p.m. Thursday evening and remain in place until at least 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

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