Fayette County

Lexington is on pace to crack the top 10 wettest summers

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

A seven-day stretch of rain has put Lexington on pace to crack the Top 10 for the wettest summer. All it will take is a little more than 6 inches of rain by Aug. 31, WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey said Monday. The summer rain total sits at 11.87 inches, which is 6.45 inches above normal, he said.

Rainfall totals for Lexington's 10 wettest summers range from 23.21 inches in 1974 to 17.89 inches in 1890.

Bailey said scattered showers and storms are in Tuesday's forecast. Because the rain will be scattered, there will be "a ton of dry times." Wednesday and Thursday will be the primary rain and storm days, he said.

"Some could be strong and deliver another inch or two of rain for some," he said.

That's a bit of a change from last week, when Lexington recorded an inch or more of rain on three consecutive days (July 4, 5 and 6). Bailey said it was the first time that has happened since February 1989 and only the fourth time since 1970. It rained in Lexington on each of the first seven days of July.

Lexington came up just shy of a record rainfall for this year's Fourth of July, which also was the second-wettest Independence Day and saw the second- coolest high temperature for the holiday. Last year was the hottest Fourth of July, Bailey said.

By comparison, at this time last summer, rainfall in Lexington totaled 1.64 inches.

In case of flooding

Take the following steps after a flood:

Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup is completed.

Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles during cleanup. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces with hot water and laundry or dish detergent. After completing cleanup, wash your hands with soap and water. Wash clothes worn during cleanup in hot water and detergent, separately from uncontaminated clothes and linens.

Remove and discard any item that cannot be washed and disinfected. Also, remove items that have been wet for more than 48 hours and cannot be thoroughly cleaned and dried (these items can remain a source of mold growth and should be removed from the home).

Prevent water outdoors from reentering your home. Water from gutters or the roof should drain away from the house; the ground around the house should slope away from the house to keep basements and crawl spaces dry. Ensure that crawl spaces in basements have proper draining to limit water seepage; ventilate to allow area to dry out.

Floodwater often contains infectious organisms, including intestinal bacteria. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches and fever. Most cases of sickness from flood conditions are caused by ingesting contaminated food or water. Tetanus, however, can be acquired from contaminated soil or water entering broken areas of the skin, such as cuts, abrasions or puncture wounds. Tetanus is an infectious disease that affects the nervous system and causes severe muscle spasms, known as lockjaw. The symptoms may appear weeks after exposure and may begin as a headache but later develop into difficulty swallowing or opening the jaw.

Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill during cleanup.

For additional information, contact the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department at (859) 231-9791.

Source: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department