Rounds of heavy rain will begin to move into the area later tonight, leading to the increased potential for flooding. A Flood Watch is in effect for the entire area from now through Thursday and a Winter Storm Warning goes into effect tomorrow. As we head into Wednesday, temperatures will drop and transition our rain to sleet and eventually to snow. Most of the area could see several inches of snow and sleet before it's all said and done. Keep it locked right here for updates.
Heavy, relentless rain Wednesday caused some flooding in parts of Letcher County overnight.
One of those areas was the bridge leading to the Long Branch Community off Highway 1103.
People who live close by say this happens far too often, and they say something needs to be done.
Orville Dixon says anytime it rains a significant amount, debris gets caught under the bridge, and the water is forced to flow over it making it impassable.
He says the only way out is to use this walking bridge.
"In the last two weeks my grandson has had to miss two days of school, and it's this way pretty often. Any time it comes any rain hardly, it's this way," said Dixon.
County officials say dozens of families live on the other side of this bridge, and they have every right to be frustrated.
"That low water bridge has been in there for years, and in my opinion, they should have never put a low water bridge in," said Letcher County Judge Executive Jim Ward.
Ward says money has been allocated to build a replacement bridge for the people in Long Branch.
He says construction should start sometime this summer.