Flooding disrupts local events, motorists

Multiple emergency agency personnel responded to a water rescue Saturday near mile marker 87 off Interstate 65.

Consistent rainfall soiled plans and hindered motorists Saturday across Hardin County. Heavy precipitation throughout the day forced both the City of Elizabethtown and the Cecilian Ruritan Club to cancel planned holiday community par­ades and multiple road closures occurred because of flooding roads.

According to Kentucky Mesonet weather monitor, 3.61 inches of precipitation were recorded Saturday in Hardin County, the highest amount since September 2017. It was the third-rainiest day recorded by the Cecilia-based data collection in the past 10 years.

A flash flood warning was issued from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, warning locals of high waters.

According to Hardin County Emergency Man­­age­ment Director Bryce Shumate, Saturday’s road closures included Ky. 144 in Vine Grove and Ba­con Creek Road and Peterson Drive in Eliza­beth­town. He said areas of Star Mills and White Mills also were shut down because of creek and river flooding.

At about 5 p.m. Saturday, multiple emergen­cy personnel agencies responded to a water res­­cue near the 87 mile marker of Interstate 65 in Glendale. According to a report from the Eli­za­­­bethtown Fire Department, a pickup truck attempting to drive in high water was swept toward a creek below a bridge on I-65. Emergency personnel assisted in the rescue of three children and one adult male in the vehicle.

According to the post, the children were able to jump to safety when the vehicle neared the creek bank. An EFD rescue crew assisted in bringing the man to land. No injuries were reported.

“Any time water is covering the road, people need to turn around and find a different path because you never know how deep it is and you never know how fast the current is moving,” EFD Chief Mark Malone said.

Malone said Saturday’s rescue was among three or four water rescues the department has assisted in within the last 10 years. He said the department responded Saturday to a few injury accidents on I-65, none of which were life-threatening.

Elizabethtown Police Department Public Infor­­ma­­tion Officer John Thomas said officials re­spon­ded Saturday to around 20 weather-related ser­vice calls, including a water rescue on Trooper Hill Road and Boone Road. He said though there was no entrapment, the driver was forced to abandon their vehicle. He said there were multiple utility calls, including sewer line and floodwater complaints.

Shumate said when it comes to driving in heavy rains, it’s important have good tread on your vehicle tires, to keep a good distance from vehicles ahead of you and to drive at a slower speed.

“You’ve got to remember, it only takes an eighth of an inch of water and 42 mph to hydroplane,” he said.

Andrew Critchelow can be reached at 270-505-1746 or acritchelow@thenewsenterprise.com.

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