According to the Kentucky Mesonet, the county received 0.7 inches of rain last Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning, with wind speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. It also stated that Trigg County has received at least 5 and a half inches of rain in the past week, and almost 2 and a half inches alone during the severe thunderstorm that went on for most of Sunday.
Todd Keith of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that parts of Ky. 1507, Ky. 1585 and Ky. 128 in the county is underwater. Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said Monday that the only road problems in the city because of the rain have been on East Noel Drive.
The Little River has risen somewhat, flooding a small section of West Cadiz Park.
Randy Wade of Trigg County Emergency Management said that what little flooding has occurred in the county isn’t out of the ordinary considering how much rain has fallen. He also said that although some counties in the area have been individually declared disaster areas, there isn’t enough damage in Trigg County for such a declaration.
Pennyrile Electric Spokesman Brent Gilkey says Trigg County customers experienced the most power outages as the result of severe thunderstorms that moved through the region last week. He said most all counties served by Pennyrile Electric were affected by power outages, and added that the main problem was trees being blown down on power lines resulting in the power outages.
Staff at the Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area have had to close or restrict certain facilities, roads, trails, and campsites. Turkey Bay OHV Area and Energy Dam have been temporarily closed due to the large amounts of rainfall.
Some trails, roads, and boat ramps that are prone to flooding or danger from rising lake levels have also been closed. LBL staff warns visitors who use the trails, roads, camping areas, and boat ramps to be extremely cautious.
In addition, everyone is urged to use caution when crossing creeks, streams, or any areas with standing or flowing water. All low-lying areas should be avoided whenever possible. Gravel roads have the potential to washout during these heavy rain events. Please use extreme caution when traveling on LBL’s gravel roads.
Due to water over the road, access to Energy Lake Campground is only available via Road 134 from U.S. 68/Ky. 80 at this time.
Cynthia Dorsey of Prizer Point said that the lake is up quite a bit where they are, although it is still within the banks. She stated that it’s about up to the summer pool levels.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency throughout the state on Monday afternoon due to flooding that has occurred in much of the state and the region.
Todd cautioned people not to approached downed power lines but to report them to local utility providers, and also asked people not to drive over flooded roads, as it only takes six inches of water to sweep someone off their feet and only two feet of rushing water to sweep away a sport utility vehicle.
Wade also advised people to stay off of roads at night and especially advised children not to play in flooded areas.
Other weather safety tips and weather alerts by county can be found at the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) web site at www.kyem.ky.gov.
Kathryn Harper, media contact for Land Between the Lakes, and Keith Todd of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, contributed to this report.