WATCH RESCUE: Roads closed update, advisories

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Roads across the region remain closed in some areas and rising and receding waters make for hazardous situations.

Maintenance crews place signage, and barricade roads as necessary. Routes are monitored closely. Motorists should never attempt to drive through high water. As of 2:15 p.m., the following roads in Bourbon County are closed:

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o   North Middletown Road/US 460 – closed between milepoints 12.1 and 14.2

o   Russell Cave Road/KY 353 – closed between milepoints 4.8 and 6.4

o   Millersburg – Cynthiana Road/KY 1879 – closed between milepoints 1.6 and 2.7



As of 4 p.m., state road crews reported these closures:

BRACKEN COUNTY

KY 539 (Sante Fe-Milford-Neave Road), from 0 – 6 mile-marker

PENDLETON COUNTY

-KY 177, at Flour Creek KY 330, at Morgan

ROBERTSON COUNTY

KY 617 (Piqua-Kentontown Road), 0 5 mile-marker

Lexington firefighters have made six water rescues in the 15 hours before 10 a.m. Tuesday, including the one in this video below and are warning residents not to try to cross flooded streets.

Lexington Firefighters Perform Water Rescue

Do not attempt to pass water covered roadways. Lexington firefighters have responded to six water emergencies over the past 15 hours. Thankfully, no one has been seriously injured; however, with more rain forecasted this will continue to be an ongoing threat. According to FEMA:Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups. Once your vehicle is floating, the floodwater becomes your steering wheel. If that water is moving, your vehicle could be swept away, tipped on its side, or flipped. #TurnAroundDontDrown #StrongWork #FirstPlatoon

Posted by Lexington Fire Department on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

“Do not attempt to pass water covered roadways. Lexington firefighters have responded to six water emergencies over the past 15 hours. Thankfully, no one has been seriously injured; however, with more rain forecast, this will continue to be an ongoing threat,” the department said in a Facebook post.

According to FEMA, six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and potential stalling. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water will carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Once the vehicle is floating, the floodwater becomes your steering wheel. If that water is moving, your vehicle could be swept away, tipped on its side, or flipped.

Almost every county in the region is reporting flooding of some kind, from localized flooding on streets to creeks and rivers over flowing their banks.

*** ALERT ***Please everyone use caution and common sense during these storms, the waters in Lincoln County are rising fast. This location is KY Hwy 39 & Deep Well Woods Road in Crab Orchard.

Posted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

The above video from Lincoln County is from the area of KY Highway 39 and Deep Well Woods Road in the Crab Orchard community in Lincoln County.

In Madison County, the Emergency Management Agency reports Muddy Creek North is impassable and 4 Mile Road and Hunter Lane are closed. Many streets and other areas in Richmond are flooded.

In many communities, continued rain means flood waters are still to come.

The Red Lick Volunteer Fire Department near Berea in Madison County

Flooding increasing in the Red Lick area/Red Lick Volunteer Fire Department

reported at about 11 a.m. Red Lick Creek “is not that high yet but should be coming up shortly. The road at Gravel Lick near the Red Lick side will go under soon. Floyd Branch is now covered.”

In Bath County, the Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department is reporting roads flooded there.

Slate Creek at Wells Road in Bath County/Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department

Among

Kendall Springs flooding/Owingsville Volunteer Fire Department

others, by 10:45 a.m., Slate Creek at Wells Road was flooded.

In addition, Kendall Springs had severe flooding by 11:30 a.m. as waters rose around the county.

In Georgetown in Scott County, the Amen House is forced to reschedule its food distribution to senior citizens Tuesday because flooding is making the bridge at Grace Christian too dangerous to cross.

Jackson County emergency responders recusing truck from flood waters on Hooten Road.

In Jackson County, emergency management and volunteer firefighters

were busy with stranded vehicles, including this one on Hooten Road.

Likewise in Berea, at least one vehicle got trapped trying to make it across water where the driver didn’t realize how deep it was.

Vehicle caught in flood waters in Berea.

Several other areas of the community also were flooded.

In Mt. Sterling in Montgomery County, Main Street, South Queen Street, East Locust Street, and Hinkston Pike among others were closed by flood waters.

https://www.facebook.com/MtSterlingKyGov/videos/537087780317409/

https://www.facebook.com/MtSterlingKyGov/videos/972784993158795/

In Laurel County, Sheriff John Root is reporting many flooded roads as well as mud slides and downed trees and power lines that are making

Laurel River Road in Laurel County/Laurel County Sheriff’s Department

roads impassable.

As one example, Laurel River Road about five miles southeast of London is flooded and a deputy had to help rescue a driver who tried to cross a flooded stretch.