Thursday, July 9, 2015

NWS issues weather alerts for county

Tolu-area farmer Adam Barnes' soybean field is under
water due to unusual summer flooding as seen 
in this photo from his Facebook page.

For the second consecutive day, a flood warning along the Ohio River and a flash flood watch for the entire county have been issued by the National Weather Service in Paducah.

The flash flood watch is in effect overnight and until 7 a.m. Friday. In Crittenden County, the ground is already saturated from heavy rains over the last few days. Any additional shower or thunderstorm could cause new flash flooding to develop quickly.

There is at least a 50 percent change of thunderstorms tonight and all day Friday. A slighter chance exists for Saturday and Saturday night.

The flood warning is for residents along the county's northern border. The Ohio River at 10:30 a.m. today was at 33.8 feet at Shawneetown, Ill. Flood stage is 33 feet. The river is expected to fall below flood stage sometime Friday morning.

The unusual summer river flooding is causing problems for several farmers who plant their crops in the river bottoms.