CATLETTSBURG Center Street (Rt. 3294) was closed near 20th Street on Thursday as the city installed flood gates due to the rising Ohio River. Motorists should reroute along U.S. 23 and use U.S. 60 or local streets to enter downtown Catlettsburg.
After heavy rains this week, Kentucky Department of Highways District 9 crews have been monitoring road conditions in northeastern Kentucky. No water over roadways were reported in the Ashland region, but creeks rose and high water was possible in low-lying areas — especially in the Rush area, along Rt. 3 at Catlettsburg, and locations on Rt. 5 in Boyd County. Backwater from the Ohio River typically impacts Rt. 1 and Rt. 2 near Greenup.
The area remained under a National Weather Service flood warning on Thursday, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Heed all high water warning signs. District 9 encourages everyone to never pass barricades or drive through water over roadways. Even a few inches of water is enough to float a vehicle.
Catlettsburg Mayor Faith Pike said the floodgates will most likely remain in place throughout the weekend, and motorists should plan accordingly. “It tends to hit that area first, and the hardest,” Pike said. “We want to keep everyone safe, both our residents and other motorists who travel through the city.”