Thursday, March 19, 2015

Some floodwaters may be subsiding

As floodwaters continue to rise along the lower Ohio River, those associated with the Tradewater River in Crittenden County may be on their way down as the tributary empties into the Ohio River.

Magistrate Dan Wood today said that the floodwaters in his district appear to have reached their high mark and should begin subsiding. There are several roads in his district closed due to flooding, primarily from the Tradewater River, including Ky. 1917 and Ky. 132. He said the water has come within just a couple of feet of putting a portion of Ky. 120 under water.

As the waters in the eastern portion of the county begin to drop, they are still on the rise along Crittenden County's northern border formed by the Ohio River. In fact, a flood warning remains in effect for areas along the river through March 28. At 10 a.m. today, the stage was 48 feet at Shawneetown, Ill. Flood stage is 33 feet. According the National Weather Service at Paducah, the river will crest overnight at around 48.2 feet and remain near that level through the weekend.

Ohio River floodwaters have now kept the Cave In Rock Ferry closed for a week, and it will be several more days before the service can run again. Operation of the ferry stops at 42.5 feet as measured at Shawneetown.

The river has also closed Ky. 91 North at the approach to the ferry landing and Ky. 135 at Sawmill Hollow and at the Hurricane Bridge.

The list of county roads closed due to high water includes:
  • Aunt Jane Tabernacle Road.
  • E-Town Landing Road.
  • Phin Croft Road.
  • Weston Road.
  • Baker Hollow Road.
  • Long Branch Road.
  • Blackford Church Road.
  • Enon Church Road.
  • Cool Springs Road.
  • Providence Road.
  • Charlie Wesmoland Road.
  • Barnett Chapel Road.
Water is also affecting traffic along Water Street in Tolu and Caney Fork Road.

Officials advise that driving through any water over a roadway is always discouraged.

The list of closures will be updated as available at The Press Online.