Water rises in Harlan

Published 12:45 pm Monday, October 23, 2017

Parts of Harlan County experienced flash flooding on Monday as over an inch of rain fell in a short period of time.

According to Harlan County Emergency Management Director David McGill, approximately 1.66 inches of rain had fallen by 1 p.m.

“It’s caused some localized flash flooding issues,” McGill said. “Parking lots, some roadways and ditches have flooded, primarily out toward the Grays Knob area and the Wallins area.”

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McGill said he was not aware of any incidents at this time due to the high water.

The rain should be moving out quickly, McGill said.

“The rain should be passing through, it just kind of got stalled over us,” McGill said. “For the most part, it should be almost through. We might experience a little bit more rain this afternoon, but I don’t think we’ll have anymore problems.”

McGill urged people to drive carefully.

“During these types of conditions, we ask people to allow extra time for travel,” McGill said. “Make sure your headlights are on, slow down and be careful of standing water.”

McGill added roadways can be washed out beneath standing water and can cause serious issues if people attempt to drive through it.