Heavy rains cause flooding


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



OJ Stapleton|NDL Clarksville Road was covered in water in several areas on Wednesday morning. Other areas in Logan County were also affected by the nearly 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Logan County saw almost two and a half inches of rain fall this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the information gathered by the Kentucky Mesonet.

And that amount of rainfall caused problems for many as several roadways in Logan County became flooded.

While there was no serious accidents reported this week, it is always dangerous to drive along flooded roads.

The National Weather Service (NWS) advises that each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters. People underestimate the force and power of water.

Many of the deaths occur in automobiles as they are swept downstream. Of these drownings, many are preventable, but too many people continue to drive around the barriers that warn you the road is flooded. A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is neversafe to drive or walk into flood waters.

OJ Stapleton|NDL Clarksville Road was covered in water in several areas on Wednesday morning. Other areas in Logan County were also affected by the nearly 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Flooded-Road.jpgOJ Stapleton|NDL Clarksville Road was covered in water in several areas on Wednesday morning. Other areas in Logan County were also affected by the nearly 2.5 inches of rain that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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