Lexington has seen a record amount of rainfall for April, the National Weather Service said Sunday.
The rainiest April on record in Lexington before this year was in 1970, with 9.3 inches. April 2011 has had 10.15 inches, with more coming in the next few days. The rainiest month on record was January 1950, with 16.65 inches, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.
Residents and businesses along the Ohio River should plan to lock up, move their belongings to higher ground and "let the floodwaters come," said Mike Callahan, a hydrologist with the weather service.
"Danger is not the right word. Inconvenience is certainly the right word," he said.
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Some roads will be impassable, and drivers should be cautious not to drive into high water, he said.
The Ohio River in Louisville had reached flood stages and was expected to crest Tuesday morning and afternoon, depending on the location, Callahan said. In Cincinnati, the river had reached 54.8 feet Sunday and was forecast to crest at 56 feet on Monday morning, Callahan said. Flood stage is 52 feet.
The Franklin County Humane Society animal shelter was evacuated Saturday because of high water. Dogs were taken to the Farm Bureau Building at Lakeview Park, board member Trudi Johnson said, and cats were taken to the Frankfort Convention Center. Shelter officials weren't sure when they would be able to move back home, Johnson said.
Rain wasn't the only weather challenge. Two tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down Friday in Woodford County, the weather service reported. Both had wind speeds of 65 mph, one about a mile southeast of downtown Versailles along U.S. 60, and the other about 4 miles east of the city.
In Western Kentucky, the mayor of Bardwell in Carlisle County declared a disaster Saturday because of storm damage, the Associated Press reported. No major injuries were reported, but local officials said several buildings collapsed, and more were unstable.
The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management had not received word of any emergency evacuations or entrapments Sunday evening, spokesman Buddy Rogers said. But the office was expecting more than an inch of rain to fall overnight.
Rogers urged drivers to stop and turn around if they approach high water, and residents to keep children from playing in creeks and streams.
Flood warnings and watches were in effect throughout Western and Central Kentucky on Sunday evening.