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WKYT Team Coverage: County leaders on high alert ahead of potential flooding

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 12:10 PM EDT
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SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - What’s left of now tropical depression Ida is making its way through Kentucky and is dumping a lot of rain in the region over the next 24 hours. Our WKYT team is tracking everything you need to know.

Scott County

Like many areas, rain has been steady and has lasted for much of the day in Scott County.

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Our Adam Burniston is along North Elkhorn Creek and so far it has been doing well, handling these all-day showers with a water level staying steady right around six feet.

But while the rain may lighten up at times, we are far from being out of any flooding threat due to wrap around showers that will continue into tonight.

Another that people need to be mindful of is hydroplaning. Most roads have ponding on them, which can very easily make you lose control of your car, so make sure to drive cautiously and keep plenty of distance between cars in front of you.

Nicholas County

It’s been almost a month since the major flooding in Carlisle, and with heavy rain in the forecast this week, the city is on high alert after continuing to try and pick up the pieces.

“Like the old saying that grandpa used to say, pouring out of the boot, and it reminds you of that when you were four or five inches in 30 minutes,” Carlisle Mayor Ronnie Clark said.

The mayor said they lost valuable resources for the town during the floods and are still trying to get the funds to get them back.

“City barn was flooded, I lost three trash trucks, three one-ton trucks, a dump truck, a skid truck. So I’m trying to replace equipment and we’re concerned and worried,” Mayor Clark said.

Heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida could impose on all of the progress made so far in Carlisle. For now, the town is doing everything they can ahead of the storm.

“Naturally we will keep an eye on it and if it does seem like it’s going to be a situation where it raises, anybody that is in an existing home that was in the flood, we will be knocking on doors,” Mayor Clark said. “Say ‘hey you need to keep a visual eye here and do everything we can to prepare in case it does go crazy again’ I guess.”

City workers are cleaning off creeks and storm drains to make sure when it starts falling, they’ll be better off.

Neighbors in Carlisle say the forecast had them on edge as they continue to rebuild from the July 30 flash flood.

“It triggers something in your brain, ‘Oh my God please don’t happen again,’” said Adam Morris.

Morris says 25 inches of water got into his home in the flood. As rain fell Tuesday, he was replacing sheet rock.

“Your anxiety is high and you’re just thinking what if it happens this time,” Morris said.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, no flooding issues had been reported in Nicholas County.

Estill County

In early March of this year, part of Kentucky 52 in Estill County was under water. Many homes around there were either in water or near water. This week, the county residents and business owners have been nervously watching weather events.

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An ice and snowstorm added to several days of hard rain resulted in the Kentucky River jumping its banks in early March. The recovery for some is still ongoing.

County Judge Executive Donnie Watson says flooding is something the county’s residents have been used to, although in recent years with the addition of dams, it’s not as bad. But he admits after what happened in March, any major rain event has some wondering if significant flooding will happen again.

“But it does concern us when we still a lot of rain coming. People no doubt get nervous. Especially those in the flood zone. Some of those are not back in their homes yet. Some are still doing repairs,” Watson said.

A lot of people were able to repair their homes and move back in, however others were not able to at all because there was too much damage done. There are some parts of Irvine where the damage was so severe, that those business owners never returned.

Watson said most have recovered, but the scars will remain because so many lost items that had great sentimental value to them.

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