Flood threat concerns state officials

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Due to wetter than normal conditions in Kentucky this summer, the ground is over-saturated with water and officials with Kentucky Emergency Management are watching the weather closely.

Severe wet weather can result in uprooted trees, downed power lines and sometimes dangerous flash flooding but flooding in general isn't something unexpected for Kentucky.

"We are a state that is primarily flooding prone and that's due to the many, many tributaries we have and the type of terrain," says Mike Dossett, the director of Kentucky Emergency Management. "We typically suffer from flooding issues in any given year"

While temperatures will remain hot for the next week, officials say they aren't concerned with the short-term forecast leading to more flooding. While heat indices are expected to climb into the 90s with humid conditions, no heavy rain events are anticipated.

Despite the better conditions ahead, flooding still remains a major concern.

"Flooding continues all the way into literally the coming spring," says Dossett. "Flooding can occur in Kentucky at just about any time."

During a flooding event, officials say to simply remain home; don't put yourself at risk outside in the elements. If you do get caught outside, avoid downed power lines, watch for trees potentially uprooting and avoid driving over a roadway covered with water...turn around, don't drown.

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