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Bourbon County flooding strands school bus

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

People living along Cane Ridge Road in Bourbon County say they're used to a little bit of flooding, but aren't used to what they've seen so far this spring. They say in the last 24 hours, they've seen it all.

"Usually the water rises around the house; usually about two feet;" explained Rick Walters as he walked our crews around his low-lying property.

Walters and his wife have lived in their home at Levy and Cane Ridge Road for years and say watching the waters rise has become all too common.

"Getting to the point we are; I mean, specially when you have rains that are 3-4 days long with the ground already saturated," Walters said.

That's why they found it no surprise to see a Bourbon County School bus stranded in the water. The bus driver, bus monitor and one preschool student were still aboard just yards from their front door. Rescue crews helped the three wade through the waters to safety.

"Scary," Walters said shaking his head. "Most of the people around here are from here and they know the roads and how they get. Sometimes they're passable and you can go through, but best not to because I did it once and lost a truck down there."

Living here, they've learned many lessons when the rain comes.

"We start putting everything up; we have an upstairs and we try to get everything expensive up," Walters said.
And they realize the rushing waters don't usually last long.

"Comes quick and leaves quick."

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