Heavy Rain Prompts Minor Flooding Concerns

by scrosby on September 21, 2009

Some parts of Louisville and southern Indiana got record amounts of rain in yesterday’s storms, and more rain is in the forecast this week.

National Weather Service in Louisville forecaster Joe Ammerman says some areas of Louisville received about four inches of rain, and parts of southern Indiana got even more. He says that resulted in some flash flooding.

“It wasn’t quite as, certainly wasn’t as bad as we had in early August,” says Ammerman, “because the rain was spread out a little more, but still there were quite a few problems.”

He says there is ample time for that water to run off before the next storms come, but there are some circumstances that could prompt flooding.

“If we were to get an additional four to five inches in the exact same locations as we did yesterday in the next 48 hours, that would certainly be an issue,” says Ammerman.

Thunderstorms with potentially heavy rain are in the forecast for the rest of the week. But Ammerman says most of Sunday’s heavy rain fell near the Ohio River, so tributaries aren’t near flood stage. He says the storms will also be intermittent, allowing for the rainwater to run off.

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