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Flooding hits much of Central Kentucky

Posted at 10:08 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 05:36:44-05

BATH COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Heavy rain and flooding left several parts of Central Kentucky under water on Monday.

In Bath County, school's dismissed at 2 p.m. Monday and will be closed Tuesday because of the weather. In Mount Sterling, the city posted to Facebook that some streets were closed due to flooding. And in Laurel County, The Sentinel-Echo reported hail had fallen in the evening.

"Three inches of moving water can push your vehicle off the roadway. That's all it takes," said Preston Volunteer Firefighter, Bryan Donahue.

The Preston firehouse is located along Blevins Valley Road in Bath County. The road has a sign marking it as a "flood zone," and was covered in water on Monday night.

"It gets way up and in the past it's gotten so bad that people's cattle floated off and everything," said Preston resident Millie Ginter.

Ginter said on days like Monday, she tries to stay home if possible.

And that's what firefighters recommend.

"We're running into issues trying to tell people not to cross it and that biggest thing is just water standing," Donahue said.

He said firefighters will be on standby all night.