Emergency Management stresses importance of ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Wednesday night into Thursday, thunderstorms and heavy rain plagued Central and Eastern Kentucky, hitting many areas hard.

Some of those areas are Clark County, where some roads and areas were impassable or underwater, Madison County saw the same.

And Jessamine County, where Emergency Management Director Johnny Adams says they saw low lying area flooding, power outages and road closures.

“They’re pretty long areas, long roadways so residents have to go way out of their way to get around so fortunately, so far, we haven’t had any rescue incidents from folks that are trying to drive through” said Adams.

And though the saying goes ‘Turn around don’t drown’, many did not heed that warning.

Multiple cars took the chance and drove through high waters on Beaumont Road in Nicholasville.

“I know we say that a lot but the truth is water is one of the most powerful things that we face and you never know what’s going on beneath the surface of the water” said Adams.

Adams says a car can get swept away in as little as six inches of moving water, and that even if it may seem fine, it still could be a life or death situation.

“You may be in an area that’s rural and not have good cell phone service and you may get in a situation where you can’t call 911 and if rescuers can’t get to you, you may be in a situation where you’re at Mother Nature’s fury.”

He says it’s important to wait for water to recede, and for the area to be checked out before passing through again.

“It could be perfectly fine but why take the risk? You know I know that your life, your property, is much more valuable.”

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