Rainstorms leave mark on Cadiz
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Jun 24, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Rain and thunderstorms from last Tuesday and Wednesday caused little damage in Trigg County, but left at least 50 people in the Cadiz District without power for two hours last Tuesday night, and at least 200 people without power for a few hours last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, according to Brent Gilkey of Pennyrile Electric.

“Power was restored by approximately 5 a.m. Thursday morning,” Gilkey said. “Most of the outages were caused from lightning.”

Torrential downpours caused small ponds to form on at least two residences in Cadiz, including one on Wharton Road and one on Powerline Drive. The rain also caused a large sinkhole to form between a residence on 153 Wharton Road and an adjacent residence on Wharton Road.

Ronald Harris, who lives on 153 Wharton Road, said that when he measured the hole with a measuring tape, it registered at about 25 feet deep. He went on to say that in the larger hole, there is a smaller hole that he thinks leads to a cave, and that the smaller hole was too deep to measure.

“I’ve had a couple of sinkholes on my property that were about 5 – 6 feet deep, but nothing this big before,” Harris said Friday, adding that while no one has fallen into the hole yet, he would like for it to be taped off. However, he thinks the sinkhole is mostly stable.

The sinkhole was roped off by the city on Friday, according to Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler, who also said the hole was likely caused by the Wednesday rains.

Trigg County Road Foreman Tommy Hanberry said that aside from the Rockcastle and Hurricane areas, there was little damage in the county due to last week’s storms. Most of the damage, he said, was confined to drain-pipes, bridges, and other similar items in that area, and has already been fixed.

Bobby Stallons, whose front yard on Wharton Road was flooded, said it happens pretty much whenever there are massive rains, due to the shape of his yard. “It’s come up all the way to my porch before,” Stallons said, although he added that it usually dries up well within a few days.

The storm on Tuesday caused no damage or injuries in Cadiz proper, and the Wednesday storm, aside from the hole, caused little damage save for some downed limbs and caused no injuries, according to Fowler.

And aside from a fallen tree on Ky. 139, there was little damage in the county from the Tuesday storm, and there were no injuries, said Trigg County Judge-Executive Stan Humphries.
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