Never Forget: Flood ’08

Posted by Spalding Hurst

March 20, 2008

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Heavy rain in the area Wednesday resulted in flood warnings and road closures this week. The National Weather Service, Louisville, put the Rolling Fork River near Boston under a flood warning through Friday evening. Minor flooding of the river was reported early Thursday at 35 ½ feet. Flood stage for the Rolling Fork River is 35 feet.

Some roads but mostly ditches became flooded after “a lot of rain,” Wednesday, Nelson County Road Department assistant supervisor James “Kroger” Phillips said. Two roads were closed due to flooding— D. Head Road, which is designed for water to go over it when the pipes are unable to handle the amount of water coming through them, and Old Nelsonville Road, which is near the river and therefore prone to

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flooding, Phillips said. Water on both roads was still “way up,” Thursday and remained closed. Phillips said the roads would be monitored throughout the day Friday.

The National Weather Service recommends that if drivers or passersby approach flooded roads not to attempt crossing, especially at night. Flooding is expected to subside this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service, Louisville.

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