Heavy Rain Recap, Update on Flooding

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Updated: 3/09/2012 11:32 am
Friday Morning, March 9, 2012: Heavy Rain Recap, Now Rivers Are Rising

Good Friday morning, folks!  We had quite the deluge yesterday, especially in southern Kentucky, where numerous places reported more than 2" near the Tennessee state line.  Today, sunshine is returning, and the entire weekend is looking fantastic, as long as we're prepared for a cold night tonight.

Here is a recap of statewide rainfall totals from the Thursday evening.

 

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And on a wider view, you'll notice that parts of Arkansas received even heavier rain.

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On a very local level, here are the top four reports from our viewing area.  It was quite a soaker along the Tennessee border counties!

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Before river flooding became the problem, a mudslide occurred in northern Madison County, along Tates Creek Road about 6 or 7 miles north of Richmond.  That section of Tates Creek Road in Madison County remains closed.

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Now, the Cumberland and Kentucky Rivers are rising.  The most significant problems will be in Whitley County, where the Cumberland River will crest near flood stage tomorrow morning.  A Flood Warning is in effect for Whitley County.  Meanwhile, Flood Advisories are in effect for Knox and Bell Counties along the Cumberland River, and also for Estill and Lee Counties along the Kentucky River.

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In the mountains of far southeastern Kentucky, the rivers rise and fall very sharply.  Take a look at the river gauge for the Cumberland River in Pineville.  The river has crested in Pineville earlier today, about 6' below flood stage.  It rose 17' from it's level, before the rain started!

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I'll wrap this up with a more general overview of the Kentucky and Cumberland rivers.

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Enjoy your beautiful weekend!  Three good, solid days of dry weather will give the rivers a good chance to recover.

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Geoff

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