Heavy rain drenches area

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Nearly 3 inches falls in 90 minutes, leaves residents scrambling, roads dangerous

By Jeff D'Alessio

The dry summer took a dramatic and chaotic twist Sunday in Hardin County with a quick thunderous outburst dumping nearly 4 inches of rain, leaving yards flooded, streets dangerous and at least one store front flooded.


Only 3.82 inches of rain fell in Hardin County in June and July, but that total was surpassed when dark clouds covered the sky early Sunday evening and pelted the area with a driving rain.

More than 3.5 inches of rain fell during a 90-minute stretch, according to Mesonet weather station in Cecilia. The rain forced at least two fast-rising water rescues for residents in the area.

On St. John Church Road, Rineyville, Radcliff and Elizabethtown fire departments responded to a call from a woman who said water was rapidly rising around her home and she needed help to leave the house, said Radcliff spokesman Bryce Shumate.

Shumate said the woman was taken from the home, and Radcliff Fire Department then was called to an injury crash on Long Grove Road once the rescue was complete.

A flash flood warning was issued Sunday by the National Weather Service. The alert also covered several neighboring counties.

In addition to the Long Grove Road crash, other wrecks were reported to police, including an injury crash around 8 p.m. near Cecilia that multiple agencies responded to including the Ky. 84 Fire Department.

“It started to (rain) hard so fast that a lot of things started happening all over the county,” Shumate said of the rainfall.

At The Neighborhood Market on Dixie Avenue, workers there were cleaning up around 8:30 p.m. after rising water came into the store while stormwater kept rising on streets around it.

By 9 p.m. Sunday, 3.91 inches of rain had fallen at the Mesonet Center. By comparison, 1.52 inches of rain was reported at LaRue County Mesonet Center.

Hardin County also received 2.58 inches of rain Friday and Saturday.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.