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Flood watch issued for parts of eastern Ky. recovering from historic flooding

Many roads into hollers in the Jenkins, Ky. area are still heavily damaged from the flood.
Justin Hicks
Many roads into hollers in the Jenkins, Ky. area are still heavily damaged from the flood.

Heavy rains arriving Tuesday have the potential to bring more flooding to parts of Kentucky still recovering from historic flooding, according to the National Weather Service of Louisville.

A slow moving cold front draped across Indiana is moving southeast toward Kentucky. As that front hits the warm, humid air over the state it will create the potential for heavy rain and flash flooding.

NWS Meteorologist Evan Webb says central Kentucky and parts of eastern Kentucky impacted by historic flooding in late July could see heavy rainfall and the potential for flash flooding into Wednesday evening.

“These same areas could absolutely receive heavy rainfall. We’re not expecting totals anywhere near that magnitude but one to three inches of rain locally, certainly not out of the question,” Webb said.

The ground is so saturated in parts of eastern Kentucky that even an inch of rain has the potential to cause flooding, he said.

People under a flood watch should make sure they have a way to receive weather alerts and should move to higher ground if authorities issue a flash flood warning, he said.

The system is expected to move out of the state Wednesday night. 


Ryan Van Velzer is the Kentucky Public Radio Managing Editor. Email Ryan at rvanvelzer@lpm.org.

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