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Flood warning issued for Rolling Fork area

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Hardin, LaRue part of extensive flash flood watch

Residents along the Rolling Fork River in Boston are under a flood warning today. The flood stage is 35 feet and the National Weather Service is predicting that crest at 40.2 feet.

The flood warning continues from Saturday morning to Tuesday afternoon. The NWS report says property impact typically occurs in the area when river levels reach 40 feet. Water will cross low spots on some county roads and some homes in the flood plain will be cutoff.

This crest should compare to previous flooding of 40.3 feet on Dec. 1, 2011, the weather service said.

Much of the eastern part of the state is under a flash flood watch by the National Weather Service.

It expanded the watch Friday afternoon to include Hardin County. The alert remains in effect until Sunday morning.

The watch area also covers the neighboring counties of LaRue, Grayson, Hart, Nelson, Bullitt and Grayson counties.

Flash flood warnings issues late Friday for Green, Taylor, Marion and Adair counties have expired as the rainfall levels reduced and water had time to subside.

The forecast today calls for a 70 percent chance all day. Thunderstorms and continued heavy rain are possible, the NWS says.

The Mesonet weather station in Cecilia recorded more than an inch of rain Monday and Thursday. It shows another 0.58 inches Friday and the overnight showers brought 1.22 inches by 9 a.m. today bringing the July total to 4 inches.

Residents are encouraged to remain alert to changing weather conditions, particularly if they live in areas prone to flooding. Motorists should avoid standing water in roadways and anticipate hazards related to the rain.