Franklin County remained under an emergency declaration Monday, with roughly a dozen county roads still closed from last week's thunderstorms. More rain was in the forecast.
The emergency was declared Saturday because of high water caused by the storms. It probably will continue Tuesday and possibly into Wednesday, depending on how much additional rain falls, Franklin County emergency management director Tom Russell said Monday.
"Anything under 2 inches probably won't affect us too much," he said. "If it's more than that, it will stop the water levels from falling and maybe raise the river a little bit."
The storms Thursday night and Friday caused damage in numerous Kentucky counties and figured in at least two deaths. A Lexington woman was killed when a large tree limb fell on a tent where she and her family were camping at Natural Bridge State Park. A Lee County woman died when her car was swept away by floodwaters.
High levels in the Kentucky River, which reached 36 feet over the weekend, have caused most of Franklin County's problems.
"We still have eight roads closed in the county because they're covered with water from the river," Russell said. "I have four roads closed because of structural failures from the storms.
"It goes from the north end of the county to the south end. You just pick a direction, and I've got something under water."
Among those affected were Ky. 1263, known as Big Eddy Road, where a portion of the pavement was gone.
Russell estimated that the river level had fallen to about 33 feet by early Monday. But it will have to get down to about 25 feet before the flooded roads can reopen.
Fortunately, he said, Franklin County Public Schools aren't being hindered by the closed roads because students are off for spring break this week.
Flood control improvements built over previous years kept high water problems at a minimum in the city of Frankfort, Russell said. Even so, some flooding occurred along Holmes Street and some other thoroughfares.
"We had water running down the streets and backing up in low spots, even though the pump stations were pumping as fast as they could go," Russell said. "More than 7 inches of rain in such a short span of time creates a lot of issues."
Some residents still were cleaning up Monday from the unwanted water. Frankfort's Patricia Wood's laundry/utility room flooded, and a backyard storage building floated down the street. She said the water level in Elkhorn Creek increased the fastest she's witnessed since 1997.
At least three pumping stations in Frankfort were still running early Monday. Russell said the emergency declaration probably won't end until water levels have fallen enough for all the pumps to shut down.
"I don't see any sense in calling it off while we still have them running," he said.
Most flooded roads in Fayette and surrounding counties had reopened by Monday, according to the state Transportation Cabinet. Like Franklin County, Madison County was among the hardest hit, with a Buffalo Road bridge and road section washed out and a culvert collapse on U.S. 25, which was closed from Colonel to Boonesborough roads.