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Torrential Rains Cause Widespread Flooding In Louisville

Cleanup and damage assessment continue across Louisville Metro where some six inches of rain fell in about one hour Tuesday morning and left much of the area swamped with floodwaters.Governor Steve Beshear viewed some of the damage and said the state stands ready to help with any needed assistance.                             

"I'm sure soon the mayor's folks will be doing an initial assessment after we get over the emergency part of this situation and we'll let that go from there. It will go through the normal process," Beshear said.Mayor Jerry Abramson says the storm also forced the evaucation of patients from Saints Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, where there was a natural gas leak.Workers at the Louisville Metro Animal Services facility on Manslick Road were forced to remove animals from the building because of flood water.Damage at the Louisville Free Public Library Main Branch (pictured above), where the basement was flooded, is estimated at more than $1 million.The heavy rain left many rush-hour motorists stranded in high water.No serious injuries have been reported.                

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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