Trigg County Sheriff Randy Clark was busy Saturday morning driving around the county putting up signs to mark the roads closed for high water. He said he hadn’t seen floods quite this one since sometime in the 1980s. He said that was the last time he remembered water over KY 139.
Tom Kines, a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com, said that Paducah received 6 ½ inches of rain over the weekend, but that the areas east and southeast of the city, such as Trigg County, received the most rain in the state. He said radar estimates were 10 inches or more. Peak winds in Paducah were 41 mph, but Kines said he couldn’t be sure what they were in Trigg County. Peak winds in Owensboro were more than 50 mph, he said.
Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said that eight roads in the city limits were closed Friday night and Saturday because of flooding. Storm damage to trees was minimal and only two had to be removed in the city, he said.
Sheriff Clark could not be reached for an update as of press time Monday.
A press release from the Department of Highways on Saturday warning that numerous roadways in dozens of counties were under water, making travel extremely dangerous. It warned that drivers should never drive through any water covered roadways.
“It only takes a small amount of water over the driving surface to carry a vehicle off the roadway,” it said. “Drivers should also use extreme caution when driving in and near flood prone areas.”
Bernd and Amanda Sauermann of Glenwood Mill Drive experienced some damage to their home Friday night when strong winds blew a large limb on their roof.
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