Flash flooding affects several Louisville roads


by WHAS11


Posted on May 2, 2010 at 7:20 PM

Updated Monday, May 3 at 7:54 AM

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -   The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Louisville and several surrounding counties until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In Frankfort, the flood gates were closed for the first time since 2004, and in Louisville, drivers dealt with dangerous amounts of water on the road.

More than three inches of rain has fallen in Louisville, and the rain fall is even greater to our south.
Now the concern is shifting to flooding -- as officials keep an eye on rivers and streams.

WHAS11’s Anna Prendergast drove across town on Sunday, reporting from Cherokee Park where several roads are flooded.

Roads in the area have been blocked off, but it didn’t stop everyone from going past the road blocks.  WHAS11 News caught up with some people who live near the park who say they haven’t seen the water this high in a long time.

The Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sewer District says 65 customers have reported sewer back-ups in their basements.

They say they've had crews out since 4 a.m.

Back at Cherokee Park, people are hoping the water will clear soon, and the roads will re-open, but they're amazed by all the water that has literally hidden the roads.

Meanwhile, in Metcalfe County, Kentucky, officials say a dam on the Little Barren River could fail at any time.

Water is flowing around the Dunham Lake Dam, threatening some homes near Edmonton.

Roads are being closed off because of the risk  - including Kentucky 1243 and 543 -- and U.S. 68 into Edmonton.