LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Dozens of people were displaced over the weekend by flooding in Louisville and Jefferson County, including some by rescue personnel using boats, authorities said Sunday.
By Sunday evening, some people were returning home to assess damage. Flood watches and warnings were discontinued for the area as the rain tapered off.
A potent storm front rumbling across the nation's midsection was blamed for more than 6 inches of rain that drenched the region Saturday, swamping some low-lying neighborhoods with water from ankle-deep to waist-deep in spots, Metro Safe spokeswoman Jody Duncan told The Associated Press.
"We had about 82 people that we assisted because of flooding in specific areas," said Duncan, with the local emergency management agency for the city and the county. "We had 12 rescues and 250 assists. Everybody's safe and we had no injuries."
She said most had to be taken from their homes but personnel also helped stalled motorists safely get out of vehicles that had stalled on swamped roads. Several of those evacuated took shelter in a high school and others in a church.
Anya Hopper told The Courier-Journal that she fled their one-story home with her husband, Wes, their 6-year-old son, Braeden, and their pets, and waited in the back of one of their sport utility vehicles until firefighters rescued them in an inflatable boat late Saturday night.
"Both of our cars are under water. ... Our house is flooded," said Hopper, one of about 20 flood victims taking shelter at Atherton High School on Sunday. "We're all OK; that's the important thing."
Jenny Pluta is a volunteer with the American Red Cross, which is running the shelter. She said around 25 people had registered between the time they opened in the early-morning hours on Sunday and around 8 a.m., although some stayed for a few hours and left. Pluta expected more people to seek shelter on Sunday.
Duncan said waters had receded somewhat in the early hours Sunday when rain lightened up.
Nevertheless, she said the large St. James Court Art Show that started Friday in Louisville was shut down around 5 p.m. Saturday and was canceled Sunday, what would have been the last day of the event.
The drenching rainstorms were part of a cold front sweeping the area late Saturday, prompting flash flood warnings for more than two dozen counties in and around Louisville and parts of southern Indiana. Some of the watches remained in effect early Sunday.
Louisville Metro officials listed several streets and thoroughfares that were at least partly closed off because of flooding. Photographs posted on social media sites showed floodwaters partly submerging cars and at least one swollen creek swirling with dark brown waters.
On Sunday, flood victims were surveying the flood damage.
"Our carpet is wet. Whatever furniture is touching the floor is wet. We've got blankets in the hallway soaked," Santrelle Varner told WHAS-TV in Louisville.