Cumberland River begins low-lying washouts in Whitley County

Whitley County officials continue to monitor rising flood waters, and low-lying parts of the county, as portions of Eastern Kentucky battle the messy aftermath of recent rainfall. All eyes were on the rising Cumberland River Sunday, as water levels inched higher and higher.

"I talked to one guy, he said, now when it gets up to that certain level on that Oak tree, said now that's when I've got to start worrying about my lawn mowers," said Williamsburg Mayor Roddy Harrison.

A baseball field at the Briar Creek park was already washed out on Sunday afternoon, and Harrison says it's one of the first places to go under during a flood stage.

"The ball field starts taking on water, you can pretty much know George Hayes Road is going to be closed pretty soon," said Harrison.

Our WKYT crew found George Hayes Road passable Sunday afternoon, but the Cumberland River was already hugging the pavement.

"I think we've had around four inches of rain," said Harrison, but the worst hadn't arrived yet. Rainfall accumulations in areas upstream will continue to make their way south throughout the night.

"What we are seeing north of us, and up the river, is concerning," he said.

Harrison believes the river will reach its peak sometime on Monday, but thanks to a flood wall, city planning, and raised homes, an evacuation isn't likely at this point.

The predicted 30 inch mark is already down to 24 inches, and Harrison says Williamsburg sees these types of swells often.

"They go back down, we clean it up, and move on," he said.

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