Flooding and rain in Frankfort cause problems

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky River is well above flood stage and Franklin County is in a state of emergency because the water is causing mudslides and washing out roads.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Director, Tom Russell, says the Kentucky River is at about 34 feet. He says flood stage is 31 feet and that the river is normally around 27 feet.

Last week, Franklin County got about seven inches of rain which caused a major mudslide and flooding.

The flooded Kentucky River washed away the ground under part of Big Eddy Road. Half a lane fell into the river and now the road is closed between the Big Eddy community and Old Lawrenceburg Road.

Now people trying to get through that area have to go along Johnson Road to get around the closure.

“As opposed to two miles getting to town, its probably five miles the other way,” said Russell. “Not a long way but its not a straight road, it’s a more curvy road, so it takes longer.”

Despite the hole in the road and more rain expected, Russell says he won’t be nervous about all the water unless the river gets closer to 37 or 38 feet.

Russell says it could take months to get the road fixed.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says the same section of Big Eddy Road collapsed and slide into the river a few years ago. It had to close then too.

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