Mayor Promises Help with Paducah Flood Issues

Jul 15, 2015
photo courtesy of Paducah Police Department

  Following July 7th’s record rainfall that dumped more than five inches on parts of Paducah in less than two hours, residents are voicing concerns about the city’s storm water system capacity.

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Heavy rainfall across the state is impacting springtime planting. 

University of Kentucky Agricultural Meteorologist Matt Dixon said the state has averaged seven inches of precipitation over the last month. Dixon says that's about three inches above normal. 

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  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.

There has been a lot of extreme weather in the Northern Hemisphere this year, including the recent torrential rains in Colorado, flooding in Europe, bitter cold in Florida and a heat wave in Alaska. And scientists say all of it is related to some odd behavior by the powerful air currents called the polar jet stream.


The Tennessee Valley Authority is pumping out a record amount of electricity from it's hydroelectric dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.  The free power source along with the wettest year in nearly two decades is saving TVA 10 % on its July fuel bills. 

From Press Release: Land Between The Lakes (LBL) received excessive rainfall throughout the day Saturday leading to extremely saturated soil conditions that caused the temporary closure of Turkey Bay Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area, as of April 29th, until further notice. Turkey Bay management will re-evaluate trail conditions as the weather improves. 

Feast or Famine for Rainfall in Kentucky

Jun 5, 2012

Last year was Kentucky’s wettest on record going back to 1895, bringing widespread flooding to some areas last spring.