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Urban flooding can be dangerous


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Five people lost their lives in Kentucky over the weekend because of all the rain.
Flooding caused the deaths of three people in Nelson County, where a carload of people tried to cross a flooded bridge.
Authorities say you shouldn't chance it when it comes to driving through high water.
Lexington Fire Department Major Joe Madden says urban flooding is the new threat.
"There's less and less area for water to be absorbed, so it runs off and can easily compound the runoff,” said Madden. “What we think of as normal rainwater can cause quite a bit of runoff."
He says looks can be deceiving when it comes to flooded streets.
"When water gets high it looks like it's safe, but you don't know what's under the water," he said.
In an example of when things go bad, water swept a car away early Sunday morning, taking the lives of three people inside.
Two others made it out alive.
Folks living near the area know the power of the Rolling Fork River, especially when it swells its banks.
"It gets up there on that bridge somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-12 feet,” said Charles Reid, who lives in the area. "I was here this morning when they recovered the bodies out of the vehicle and it was sad.”
Madden says it's a stark reminder that just because water doesn't look deep doesn't mean that's the case.
The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado touched down near the community of Greensburg.
Harrison County Reported two mobile homes, several barns and outbuildings were damaged or destroyed.
Elsewhere, high winds caused scattered minor power outages and minor wind damage to trees and out buildings.


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