Madisonville and Hopkins County Hammered with Rain

The rain came in a hurry and thankfully got out of the area in a hurry.

"They gave us a 10-15% chance of showers today. We did not anticipate or expect the torrential down pour we did get," said Hopkins County Emergency Management Director Frank Wright.

By the late morning there was about a 100 percent chance it was raining and raining hard.

Madisonville and parts of Hopkins County received a heavy amount of rain in a short amount of time causing flash flooding.

One of the worst areas was at the mall in Madisonville, just off the Pennyrile Parkway.

"There was one car that was just swept up into the deeper water there, then someone tried to go through it and drowned out the car and so they waded out of there car," said Wright.

Several highways in the county were shut down including KY 254 also known as Brown Road and a side road just off of it.

This afternoon the sun came out and the water receded, but officials still have their work cut out for them tomorrow.

"I just hope it doesn't rain anymore so we can get back to normal. We don't know what the road conditions are out in the county because some of them are flooded and we'll have to wait as the water recedes a little bit before we can get damage assessments on those," said Wright.

Tomorrow will no doubt bring more clean up.

Officials say rain totals were almost six inches in Hopkins County and no one was injured as a result of the flooding.


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