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High water causes headaches in Cynthiana

After several days of wet weather here in Cynthiana, the Licking River is finally starting to go down. People who live along the water say they're ready to see the rain go away.

"It's too much rain. Way too much rain," says Jerry Hicks.

"We've had our share. It's time for it to let up a little bit," says Johnny Claypool.

Cynthiana residents are fed up with high water caused by the recent rainfall. The Licking River in Cynthiana spilled over its banks flooding nearby roads and parks. The waters got to their highest point overnight and have been dropping since.

"Well I came out this morning about 6:00 and it was up right about where that newspaper was down there and it's dropped that much since six. It goes down just about as fast as it comes up," says Johnny Claypool, who lives near the river.

The water didn't quite reach Claypool's house, but says he was ready in case it did.

"I built me a building back there and I have to raise everything up about two feet. I'm not worried about it. If it does, it does."

Jerry Hicks worked with the Harrison County Fire Department during the flood of 1997. He says he's not concerned by these water levels.

"Honestly, this is a walk in the park. I was out in it with the fire department back then and this is bad for a lot of people but this is nothing compared to '97. Nothing at all," says Hicks.

According to the National Weather Service in Louisville, the Licking River in Cynthiana crested at right about 19.5 feet, which is about six inches below flood stage.


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