Thursday, February 21, 2019

State Highways: Updated Closing Report

Crittenden County
KY 91 is CLOSED at the 15mm at the Cave-In-Rock Ferry Landing
The Cave-in-Rock Ferry is CLOSED Due to Floodwaters Over the Kentucky Landing until about Feb 25th
KY 135 is CLOSED at the 4.15mm in Sawmill Hollow at the Spring Branch Culvert
KY 1917/Wolf Creek Rd is CLOSED at the 1.5mm at the Wolf Creek Bridge
KY 132 is CLOSED at the Webster-Crittenden County Line in the Fishtrap Area at the Tradewater River Bridge- signs posted
KY 135 has Water Over Road signs posted at the 12.1mm at the Hurricane Creek One Lane Bridge
KY 135 is CLOSED at the 5.5mm West of Tolu- signs posted
KY 135 is CLOSED at the 6.7mm immediately east of Tolu- signs posted
KY 387/Dam 50 Road is CLOSED at the 3.8mm between Cotton Patch Road and End of State Maintenance at Riverview Park- signs posted

Livingston County
KY 917/Tucker-Temple Rd is CLOSED at the 3.9 to 8mm near the Hazel Creek Culvert generally North of Iuka and the KY 93 intersection- signs posted
KY 137 is CLOSED from the 3 to 15.45mm between Birdsville and the KY 133/Lola Rd Intersection at Berrys Ferry Landing- signs posted
KY 133/Lola Road CLOSED at 18mm from near KY 137 intersection to Berrys Ferry Landing- signs posted
KY 70/Tiline Rd is CLOSED from the 7.5 to 8.3mm between Smithland & Tiline- signs posted
KY 70 is CLOSED from the 7.6 to 7.8mm near the Vaughn Road intersection and Sugar Creek Bridge- signs posted
KY 70 is CLOSED at the 0.8 to 1mm just east of Smithland- signs posted
US 60 has REOPENED at the 11mm in Smithland at the floodwall
KY 453 is CLOSED at the 14.3mm between Smithland and Coons Chapel Rd- signs posted with detour via KY 937 & US 60
KY 93/Iuka Rd is CLOSED at the 0mm at the KY 917 intersection in Iuka- signs posted
KY 917/Stringtown Road is CLOSED from the I-24 Overpass just north of Lake City to the 4mm at Iuka- signs posted

Lyon County
KY 819/Sunnyside Loop is CLOSED at the 2.5mm at the Panther Creek Bridge
KY 1943 is CLOSED atthe 3.4mm near Skinframe Creek- signs posted

Also, in Webster County KY 109 is expected to close about dark this afternoon due to high water. This is between Clay and Providence near the Wheatcroft community.

Truck strikes backhoe, flips in town

Update: The driver of the pickup has been identified as Dakota Koerner of Marion.

Original Post
The driver of a Dodge pickup appeared to be okay, but rescue squad members had to cut him out of the cab after the vehicle flipped on East Bellville Street at about 8:30am today.

While the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that the pickup was heading east when it struck a glancing blow against a City of Marion backhoe doing work on the right side of the street. The truck then overturned.

The backhoe operator was not injured.

Bagging at Smithland against the Ohio River

The Ohio River continues to threaten homes and in the case of this photo, the City of Smithland in Livingston County.

Sand bags have been placed along the riverfront to keep the swollen river from encroaching upon more property.

A short, in-town detour was set up in Smithland on Wednesday because high water had closed US 60 at one point in the town. However, that closure has now ended and traffic is moving through Smithland on US 60.

For more on road closings, stay tuned to The Press Online.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Press: News that's New to You

Pam Collins (center) and other citizens have a plan
to get rid of old homes and make butterflies happy. Read
about the proposal in this week's Press.
Sure, there's a whole bunch of rain and roads are closed all over the county due to flooding.

You probably already know that the ferry is shut down until at least next week, and it's likely that you know who won the district tournament basketball games at Smithland Monday and Tuesday.

But, there's a world of other things going on in Marion and Crittenden County that aren't so obvious. We know, it's hard believe there's something going on that you haven't read about on Facebook or heard at the beauty shop. But it's true.

News that's New to You this week in The Crittenden Press printed edition includes a proposal to replace blighted properties in the city with butterfly bait, some ranking changes for city patrolmen, a number of felony indictments and probation revocations in circuit court, a new meeting time idea for Marion City Council and an update on the planned disc golf course at Marion-Crittenden County Park.

No, we won't tell you it's raining! But, we will keep you informed with real community news that affects you.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019


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Monday, February 18, 2019

Area Deaths

Author and civic leader Ethel Tucker, 101, of Marion died today. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Longtime farmer in the Tolu community, Robert Lee White, 101, died today. Myers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Wayne Hillyard, 80, of Marion died Sunday. Gilbert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Several roads remain closed due to high water

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed due to floodwaters over the Kentucky landing until about Feb. 25. Meantime, the following highways in Crittenden County remain closed due to water over the road:
  • Ky. 91 North at the 15-mile marker at the Cave In Rock Ferry Landing
  • Ky. 135 at the 4.15-mile marker in Sawmill Hollow at the Spring Branch Culvert
  • Ky. 1917/Wolf Creek Road at the 1.5-mile marker at the Wolf Creek Bridge
  • Ky. 132 at the Webster-Crittenden County line in the Fishtrap area at the Tradewater River Bridge
  • Ky. 135 has water over road signs posted at the 12.1-mile marker at the Hurricane Creek one-lane bridge

Friday, February 15, 2019

Road Closings for High Water

Crittenden County
KY 91 is closed near the ferry landing and Cave In Rock Ferry is closed until at least Feb. 24 due to flood waters.
KY 135 is closed at Sawmill Hollow
KY 1917 (Wolf Creek Road) is closed last the 1.5 mile mark.
There are a number of COUNTY ROADS also closed. Click Here to read a list of closing which are posted on the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department Facebook Page.

Livingston County
KY 917 (Tucker-Temple Road) is closed 6.9 to 7.2 mile mark.
KY 137 (River Road) has water over the road signs posted at the 9.3 to 9.8  mile mark.
KY 137 (River Road) has water over the road signs posted at the 13.12 mile mark.
KY 137 is closed from the 5.28 to 15.45 mile mark.
KY 133 (Lola Road) at 18 mile mark from near the KY 137 intersection to Berrys Ferry Landing.
KY 70 (Tiline Road) is closed from the 7.5 to 8.3 mile mark between Smithland and Tiline.

Opening March 1 in Marion

Schools dismissing today at 1pm

Crittenden County Schools will be sending students home today at 1pm due to the threat of wintry weather. 

All after-school activities are cancelled, including tonight’s basketball games.

Wintry weather expected today, flooding continues

A winter weather advisory has been posted by the National Weather Service NWS for western Kentucky from noon today through 3 a.m. Saturday, and flood warning remains in effect.

Mixed precipitation is expected with total snow and sleet accumulations of up to 3 inches are expected, generally along and north of a line from Greenville, Mo., to Greenville, Ky. Farther south, ice accumulations averaging around 0.1 inches are expected.

Precipitation will begin first in southeast Missouri and southwest Illinois early this afternoon and then progress eastward to include the entire region by sunset. Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the afternoon and evening commute home from school and work. Travel conditions will deteriorate during evening.

Temperatures and sunshine Saturday should help reduce the effects of the wintry mix. The high for Saturday is expected to be 39, with mostly sunny skies all day. However, very light freezing rain and snow will be possible Saturday night from the Ozark Foothills through southern Illinois and the Evansville Tri State. Isolated slick spots may develop on bridges and untreated roads.

Flooding, ferry
A flood warning remains in effect for Crittenden County and all western Kentucky counties bordering the Ohio River. Minor to moderate flooding is forecast on most area rivers, with some not expected to crest until well into next week.

The Cave In Rock Ferry remains closed due to high water on the Ohio River. NWS forecasts the river at Shawneetown, Ill., to begin falling Wednesday morning based on past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 48 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time. As currently forecast, the ferry could possibly open as early as Monday, Feb. 25.