Flood concerns continue with heavy rain in forecast

Concerns about flash flooding continue across the region as rainy weather continues.

According to the National Weather Service office in Jackson, a flash flood watch is in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning. The flash flood watch covers all counties in Eastern Kentucky and other areas.

According to a bulletin issued Wednesday morning by the National Weather Service, in addition to the light to moderate rain throughout the day Wednesday, heavier rain was expected Wednesday evening, adding more than an inch of additional rainfall. Much of the rain Wednesday night could come down in a short period of time, the bulletin says, bringing a threat of rapidly rising streams.

Water spills over the dam and through the City Park in Jenkins during a recent flash flooding event.

Flash flooding of low lying areas and creeks and streams will be possible, the bulletin says. Rivers are also expected to rise with renewed or worsening flooding being a possibility, according to the bulletin.

Mudslides are also a significant concern, as are winds which could be in excess of 35 mph. Because of soggy ground, trees could be uprooted by the wind, the bulletin says.

The weather service says a flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding, which is a very dangerous situation. Those who may be affected by flash flooding should monitor forecasts and take appropriate action in the event flash flood warnings are issued.

Those finding themselves in emergency situations should dial 911 immediately.

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