Heavy rain Monday night and Tuesday morning caused flooding in many Kentucky counties, shutting down roads, turning low-lying areas into small lakes and forcing some school districts to close early or cancel classes altogether.
It also might have led to the death of one person.
Madison County Coroner Jimmy Cornelison said late Tuesday that a body had been found and was being recovered from water along Ky. 21 near Berea. Crews had been searching for the driver of a submerged car since early Tuesday afternoon, he said. The driver's name had not been released, and the body had not been identified, Cornelison said.
The rain ended in many places Tuesday afternoon, but some counties continued to struggle with the effects of high water.
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The National Weather Service in Louisville said the heaviest rain fell in a band running from just east of Bowling Green through Morehead. By early Tuesday afternoon, Lexington had received 1.65 inches of rain, according to the weather service. Lincoln County received 4.05 inches; Casey County, 3.89 inches; and Madison County, 3.75 inches.
Flood warnings were in effect for many counties throughout the state, some until the weekend.
More than 30 roads in Madison County were closed or impassable late Tuesday afternoon because of standing water, according to Kelley McBride, public information officer with the county's emergency management office.
School districts in Lincoln, Menifee, Bath, Boyle, Morgan and Breathitt counties closed early or canceled classes because water covered roads where school buses travel.
Menifee Superintendent Benny Patrick said the county initially planned to operate on a two-hour delay, but officials decided to cancel classes because so many roads were flooded.
Highway crews in Menifee County were working to break up a huge boulder that fell onto Ky. 1274 near the Rowan County line, partially closing the highway.
Officials said they thought the rock fell because of the heavy rain, coupled with winter freeze-and-thaw cycles that loosened rock cliffs in many areas. Traffic on Ky. 1274 was limited to one lane.
James Couch, emergency manager for Leslie County, said a rockslide caused by heavy rain blocked Ky. 699 in the Cutshin community, the main highway in the area.
Couch said one rock was as big as a small mobile home. It was unclear when the road would be cleared, he said.
Problems also were expected in Estill and Powell counties as high water moved downstream.
In Lincoln County, "We have water in a church building, and we have some fiber-optic phone lines in the water on U.S. 150 west of Stanford," emergency management director Don Gilliam said.
Gilliam said that he expected some Lincoln County roads to remain closed through Tuesday night, and that tree limbs and other debris washed onto roads would have to be removed.
Overall, problems related to high water appeared to be relatively light, said Buddy Rogers, spokesman for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.