Rolling Fork River flooding threatens New Haven, Ky.

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by Johnny Archer

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 27, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 27 at 6:00 PM

NEW HAVEN, Ky. (WHAS11)-  Some people in New Haven, Ky. say the recent storm system passing over Kentuckiana is the most rain they have seen in years. The rain has caused the Rolling Fork River, which cuts right through New Haven, in Nelson County, to reach well above the flood stage level and is to expected rise.
 
According to the National Weather Service, the Rolling Fork River sits at 42.49 feet on Wednesday, but they say normally its only nine feet high.
 
New Haven native, Tim Kennedy, took WHAS11’s crews out in his multipurpose vehicle through areas that are normally dry land.
 
“I’ve never seen it like this before, it seems really strange to me,” said Kennedy.
 
“Never has it rained like eight, nine, or ten days in a row,” said one New Haven resident.
 
The heavy rainfall and run off from creeks and streams, has pushed the river well beyond its banks and into fields. But with more rain in the forecast, the high water becomes more and more of a threat to the city. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at 44.4 feet by Thursday night.
 
“You know it’s going to happen,” said Kennedy. “I’m hoping not. But if it does this whole thing is going to be under water.”
 
New Haven has had its problems in the past with high water. On the side of a building in downtown New Haven, markings show how high the water has reached in the city's history, a grim reminder of how real the threat is to the community.
 
“I’m not saying it’s easy or it’s fun, but they [the residents] know what’s going to happen,” said Kennedy

 

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