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DAVID BENBENNICK, WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, PUBLIC DOMAIN

Citizens in nine southeast Kentucky counties are beginning to assess the impact of widespread weekend flooding. 

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The City of Paducah is holding a meeting Monday to review the city’s Comprehensive Storm Water Master Plan. 

Updated at 1:30 a.m. ET Monday

At least two people have been killed as the Houston area continues to be inundated by torrential rain and catastrophic flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey, which officials called an "unprecedented" weather event that has left thousands of homes flooded, stranding some people and overwhelming rescue workers.

via National Weather Service

 

Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.

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. 

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

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