Flooding Woes Continue As First Flakes Fall In Bluegrass

Flooding Woes Continue As First Flakes Fall In Bluegrass

The soaking rain has FINALLY tapered down to drizzle and some very light rain showers, but we are still dealing with some flooding woes here in Kentucky.

After a soaking 3.14″ of rain fell in Lexington between Sunday evening and Tuesday morning, our annual rainfall total has easily climbed above 60″. If no precipitation fell during the entire month of December, 2011 would be the 3rd wettest year in the record books in Lexington. Additional rainfall will continue to help us climb the ranks.

Most of the 3.14″ fell on Monday. Here are Monday’s totals across the area.

State 7

Lexington’s 1.94″ of rain on Monday beat the old record of 1.12″ for November 28th. The old record was set in 1949.
In London, 1.88″ of rain fell yesterday, shattering the old daily record of 1.43″ from 1994.
Meanwhile, our neighbors in Huntington, WV received less than 1/4″.

Monday evening’s batch of heavier rain put the western part of the Bluegrass Region and parts of southern Kentucky over the edge, as creeks and streams climbed out of their banks and flooded secondary roads. Roads are still closed in some parts of western Mercer County this morning. Reporter Mario Anderson is covering that story right now.


Many of the larger rivers and creeks across the area are flooding, or are approaching flood stage right now. Here’s a brief mid-morning update.

River Gauges

The Stoner Creek in Paris crested about a foot above flood stage last night, and it remains just barely above flood stage this morning in Bourbon County.

The Cumberland River in Willamsburg is about 3′ above flood stage, and it continues to rise this morning, although it is drawing near a crest.

The Kentucky River and Red River are running high and rising in Estill, Lee and Powell Counties, but they are expected to crest just below flood stage.

Meanwhile, the Licking River and the Rolling Fork Rivers are rising, and are near flood stage now. They are expected to climb above flood stage near Blue Licks Spring (Licking River) and Boston (Rolling Fork River).

Flood warnings and advisories continue in many areas today.

Flood Alerts

Weatherwise, as the upper level low pressure system drifts northeast from snowy western Tennessee, we’ll begin to see some snowflakes mix with the much lighter, scattered rain showers later today and tonight into very early on Wednesday. For some of us in the Bluegrass, these will be our first snowflakes of the fall. No significant accumulations are expected, aside from potentially a light dusting on a few elevated surfaces. (Meanwhile, a few inches are accumulating in SW Tennessee, northeastern Arkansas and extreme northern Mississippi!)

For forecast details, head over to our primary weather page.

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