High Waters Bring Caution to Roadways

"Most of the roads have all been marked either by the County Road Department or the State Highway Department, with cones. Again, I emphasize, if you have a question in your mind about crossing an area, don't do it," said Chief Deputy Tommy Smith, Warren County Sherriff's Office

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Weather advisories were active last night as South Central Kentucky experienced rain, snow and ice. Bowling Green, in particular, woke up to warnings about high water over popular roads. Officials responded immediately to monitor the waters and caution all drivers.

"Most of the roads have all been marked either by the County Road Department or the State Highway Department, with cones. Again, I emphasize, if you have a question in your mind about crossing an area, don't do it," said Chief Deputy Tommy Smith, Warren County Sherriff's Office.

Impassable roads included (not limited to): Jackson Bridge Road, Little Knob Road, Anna Sandhill Road, Upper Dixie Highway, Oakland Road, W. R. Helton Road, Mt. Lebanon Road, Marty Drive, H. E. Johnson Road,, Fred Lively Road, Homor Murray Road, Goodrum Road, Hadley Cohron, McElwain Road and Little Beaver Creek Road.

Officials say our recent winter weather was a major cause of the eventful flooding.

"This time of year when we get a heavy rain, the ground is frozen and water doesn't soak in as good and it washes off a lot more," said Chief Deputy Tommy Smith, Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

As always, officials urge drivers to not drive through the flooded roads. If you do find yourself stuck in high water, call 9-1-1 and do not get out of your car.

"If you have to think about it, don't do it. It doesn't take much water at all to pick it up and sweep it off a bridge," said Chief Deputy Tommy Smith, Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

High winds were another factor in last nights hazardous driving conditions.

"We also faced a lot of trees that were down. Tree limbs and debris crossed the roads, so we had to spend a lot of time today going in and getting those cleaned up," said Wes Watt, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says this is all a waiting game at this point. They will have to wait on the water to clear out on its own, before they can come in and clear up debris.


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