Rain produces few scattered flooding problems, authorities say

jwarren@herald-leader.comJuly 5, 2013 

Runners neared the finish line in a light rain during the Bluegrass 10,000 in July.

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Some Whitley County residents were isolated by high water, and a building collapsed in East Bernstadt. But much of the area got through rain Thursday and Friday with few problems, officials said.

Lexington Police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said the Valley View Ferry was closed due to high water, but no other rain-related problems had been reported in the city as of mid-afternoon Friday.

Buddy Rogers, a spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, also said his office had received no reports of major problems from the rains that fell almost continuously Thursday through Friday morning.

However, high water on Little Wolf Creek Thursday night left some nearby residents with no way in or out of their Whitley County homes.

Residents had been using a temporary bridge over the creek while the regular bridge was under repair, according to the Whitley County sheriff's department. Rising water covered the temporary bridge Thursday night.

Workers used a large backhoe to ferry people back and forth across the rain-swollen stream Thursday night, authorities said.

Laurel County Emergency Management Director Albert Hale said a service station at East Bernstadt collapsed early Friday, apparently from the weight of rain water that had collected on its roof. No one was hurt, he said.

High water was reported on some roads elsewhere in Laurel County, and crawl spaces in some homes were flooded from the continuing rains, Hale said.

Rain generally fell steadily, with few heavy downpours, according to the National Weather Service Jackson office. That kept flooding to a minimum, officials said.

However, forecasters said the soil in many areas is saturated with water, and additional heavy rains could cause more serious problems.

Jim Warren (859) 231-3255.

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