There's every reason to feel drenched

After rain in 10 of last 11 days, 2013 precipitation level 16.25 inches more than last year's

bmusgrave@herald-leader.com and kward1@herald-leader.comJuly 6, 2013 

The stop sign at Parkside Drive and Cabot Drive showed the depth of the flooding in the Joyland Subdivision in July, 2011.

MARK CORNELISON | STAFF — Herald-Leader file photo

Ten of the last 11 days have brought rain in Lexington, and the soaking might not be over.

June 2013 was the 10th-wettest on record, and "in the first six days of July, we've had our normal rainfall for the month," WKYT-TV Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey said. Lexington gets an average of 4.65 inches of rain in July; we've gotten 4.33 inches already.

Bailey said Saturday that Lexington has gotten at least an inch of rain during each of the past three days. The last time that happened was in February 1989.

So far this year, Lexington has gotten 33.73 inches of precipitation — 9.13 inches above average, and 16.25 inches over this time last year, he said.

All that has put Central Kentucky on track to have one of the wettest summers since recordkeeping began in the 1880s, Bailey said.

More rain was expected to drench the area Sunday. It will continue into Sunday evening but will move to the east of Lexington, Bailey said.

There is a chance of rain every day through Thursday. Some parts of the state could get 3 to 6 inches over the next few days, state officials warned.

With so much water in so little time, forecasters and emergency managers will be watching river and creek levels in Central Kentucky over the next several days.

"The Kentucky River is still well within its banks, but it's forecast to see a significant rise," Bailey said.

Emergency responders in two Central Kentucky counties spent Saturday morning rescuing stranded children and motorists from flooded streets and rising creeks. None of the people needed medical treatment.

Rescuers pulled drivers from two swamped vehicles after flash flooding shut down several roads in Franklin County, including the Country Lane area. Several roads in the county remained closed Saturday night because of flooding in low-lying areas, said Ray Kinney, deputy director of the Frankfort/Franklin County Office of Emergency Management, but he said the water was beginning to recede.

Scott County emergency responders rescued two boys under age 10 who had fallen into a creek. The boys had been playing near the creek, off Indian Creek Road, and got caught up in the current shortly after 8 a.m., said Maj. Mike Hennigan of Scott County Emergency Management and Office of Homeland Security.

"They were able to hold onto a tree until emergency responders got there," Hennigan said.

Later in Scott County, emergency workers retrieved the driver of a vehicle who tried to drive across flooded White Oak Road around 11:30 a.m. The driver climbed out the window and swam to safety. Hennigan said the driver assumed he could get through the water and did not realize its depth.

In Warren County, three kayakers were rescued from the Jasper River, according to Kentucky Emergency Management.

Woodford Reserve announced via its website that it had closed on Saturday for tours at its location in Woodford County. The news release said high waters around the distillery and in the Glenn's Creek area led to the closing. The distillery said it might reopen Sunday, depending on the weather.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @BGPolitics. Blog: bluegrasspolitics.bloginky.com

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