Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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March 19, 2013

Heavy rains cause flash flooding throughout region

ASHLAND — Heavy rains prompted the issuance of flash flood warnings for several area counties on Monday.

The primary impact from the rain — which fell steadily throughout most of the day and followed Sunday’s wet, heavy snowfall — was in the form of flooded roads.

The Kentucky Department of Highways’ District 9 office in Flemingsburg reported late Monday that floodwaters on area roads had begun to recede, but a number of routes in the region, mainly in Greenup County, were still being affected.

 Those included Ky. 1 between mile markers 16 and 17 near Greenup; Ky. 2 between mile markers 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 near Greenup; Ky. 207 in several locations between the Carter County line and Ky. 1; Ky. 207 from Ky. 503 to Flatwoods; Ky. 503 from the 0-4 mile markers north of the Boyd County line; and Ky. 784 between the 8 and 11 mile markers in the Lost Creek-Three Prong area

Ky. 989 in Lewis County also reportedly was being affected by high water near its junction with Ky. 9.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Department also reported floodwaters were continuing to rise on several other roadways in the county. Lewis remained under a flash flood warning until 9:15 p.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Similar warnings issued for Boyd, Carter and Greenup, but those expired at 4:30 p.m.

While waters were expected to recede during the overnight hours, District 9 officials were still urging motorists to exercise caution when traveling in low-lying and flood-prone areas.

At least one Ohio school system dismissed classes early Monday because of high water. In Kentucky, the Boyd County School District dismissed at the normal time. However, several roads didn’t have bus service because of flooding.

Students who lived in the flooded areas remained at their schools until floodwaters receded. Affected areas included Straight Creek, Long Branch, Buena Vista, the Ky. 3 end of Trace Road, Old Trace Road, Cobb Fork, Moore Branch, Ky. 854 past Long Branch and Ky. 168 at Valley View.

The district also canceled all after-school activities because of the high-water threat.

Lawrence County schools dismissed early because of the high-water threats.

A flood watch remained in effect for northeastern Kentucky through late Monday. Today’s forcast was calling for a slight chance of rain or snow this morning, to be followed by breezy and cooler conditions, with a high around 50.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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