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State officials gearing up for potential heavy rain, flooding due to remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Emergency Management officials are gearing up for potential heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy.

The Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort has been activated, according to Emergency Management spokesperson Monica French.

“We are at Level 4 staffing on a scale of 1-5,” she said. “Right now, we are monitoring the situation and are remaining in contact with the National Weather Service.”

(From Weather.com)

French said while they haven’t prepositioned equipment, as they might during a winter storm situation, they have been communicating with FEMA in case assistance is needed.

Kyle Wilkins with the National Weather Service office in Louisville said between Cindy and a cold front dropping from the northwest, they are currently forecasting three waves of rain, totaling 2-4 inches before it ends on Saturday, with the highest amounts in southern and western parts of the state.

Tracking Tropical Storm Cindy

He said they are watching several rivers closely, including Rough River, Green River and Barren River.

Wilkins said one factor is in Kentucky’s favor: ”This time of year, the rivers are usually low, so it takes more before they reach bank full.”

Flooding claims more lives than any other natural disaster, so officials are issuing these reminders:

— Never drive through a flooded road. The National Weather Service motto is “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

— Never drive around a barricade on the road, especially at night when it’s harder to see potential danger.

— Don’t walk through water that is above your ankles, since only six inches of water can knock you off your feet.

They also suggest checking on your neighbors, to make sure they’re okay.

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