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Relentless rain causes flooding in Franklin County

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - In Franklin County the relentless rain turned some roads into creeks and some creeks into ponds on Saturday.

Normally small creeks turned into roaring rivers Saturday; the recent rainfall caused several creeks to spill out of their banks and into nearby yards, roads and fields.

The flood waters continued to rise throughout the day and covered several roadways leading to the Elkhorn Creek Campground.

"It's been bad we went back into the campground and it looked like the campers couldn't get in or out," said Dean Smith, who lives in the area.

The water also continued to creep further and further into Buck Run Baptist Church's parking lot.

"Typically the parking lot goes a lot father back and goes to that tree line, but the water has continue to rise throughout the day," said Devin Leitch.

Rushing waters made many roadways impassable which caused emergency management crews to close them for hours.

Tom Russell with Franklin County Emergency Management says there were several roads closed due to flooding. He said most of them had one to two feet of water but he says Avenstoke Road had up to five feet.

"This is about the worst I've seen so far," says Russell.

For now, folks living near the flooded areas say they're keeping their fingers crossed.

“Right now it’s less stressful unless we get more rain and I heard it might be coming so we'll see, we'll just have to play it by ear,” said Matt Marshall, who lives near Elkhorn Creek Campground.

Now, Marshall just hopes that the rain will let up and the high waters will go back down.

A flood warning for this area has been issued until 3 a.m. Sunday and a flash flood watch has been issued until 8 a.m. Sunday morning.


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