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Kentucky officials preparing for Isaac

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Hurricane Isaac has dumped as much as 16 inches of rain in some areas and has moved into the nation's midsection and closer to Kentucky.

State officials say they are already preparing to handle any potential emergencies in our state.

Leaders with state Emergency Management have issued an advisory to Kentucky counties, and say to be on the lookout for severe weather.

They will continue to monitor the weather into the holiday weekend as the storm system works its way up the Mississippi River Valley toward the Ohio River Valley.

Emergency management leaders say counties bordering the Ohio River could be the ones most at risk for flash flooding, but that people also need to keep an eye on low-lying areas.

Tips from emergency management, turn around don't drown, and watch water levels around your home.

We went to one of those areas prone to flooding today, and spoke to a family about how they're planning to keep their family safe during this severe weather threat.

It's a little piece of paradise for the Brock family, lined by Benson Creek.
Susan Marshall spends a lot of time with her grandkids around it.

But she also keeps in mind the lurking danger.

"It just goes so fast. Because all this area right here, if it rains like they say it might, this will all be covered," said Marshall pointing to the now dry creek bed.

The Brocks say the water levels in Benson Creek behind their home actually get so high that it would be coming up to chest level during heavy rains.

"It would take one of the children, it just goes so fast," said Marshall.

"Just in a matter of minutes. And just it a matter of minutes it will all go down," Marshall added.

So she says boundaries have been established, and that her grandkids know not to go near the water that sometimes comes well into the families back yard.

"Oh yeah, they're not allowed down there at all. There's a play area down there and it's all bottom land, but it's, they're not allowed to go in that area when it does flood like that. It could just come up so rapidly," said Marshall.


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