Boyle Co. officials issue warnings with heavy rain in weekend forecast

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT)- With heavy rain heading into the Bluegrass, emergency crews are preparing for the possibility of flooding.

Boyle County Emergency Management Director Mike Wilder has seen his share of water levels rising in the flood-prone county.

For years, the county has seen issues near the Chaplin River in Perryville. Wilder says with a possible two inches of rain in the forecast, the river could see water levels become waist deep in some areas.

"If they were to get that much rain in a very short period of time or a little more and it run down to the Chaplin River, we could have some issues," said Wilder.

Wilder says the ongoing problems with flooding in the city caused leadership to take a close look at the problem in the 1980s. He hopes those changes will hold off the dangerous levels the town has seen in the past.

"The Core of Engineers came in back in the early 80s and did some channelization of the Chaplin, which really alleviated a lot of our problems."

During this weekend's rains Wilder encourages residents to monitor local media, but if flooding does become a larger issue he also mentions they have other warning systems in place.

"We have two outdoor warning sirens within this area right here that in the event of a warning, a flash flood warning, we will sound those sirens."

Wilder also warns all drivers traveling this weekend to never try to drive over any water on the roadways. He says it only takes six inches of water to sweep a vehicle off the road.

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