Flood prone counties keep an eye on the rain

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Harrison County is just one of many Kentucky counties keeping an eye out for flooding as the state faces a forecast of heavy rain.

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HARRISON COUNTY, Ky.  – People in Harrison County remember the floods from 1989, 1997 and 2010.

With all the rain in the forecast, Harrison County is just one of the many Kentucky counties keeping an eye out for flooding.

“There were supposed to be games tonight and they’re all cancelled,” Jordan Riley, of Cynthiana, said. He and his buddies were having a ball Thursday evening, quite literally, despite all the rain.

“I mean, it’s once a week and my brother plays here Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays so I’m out here all week.”

He’s at the ball fields in Cynthiana pretty frequently so he’s noticed just how often this rain puts a damper on their game.

“Flooding always happens down in that area,” he said pointing toward the river. “It always comes up in the fields.”

This area of Harrison County, near the Licking River running right through town, is one officials would historically call a problem area when it comes to flooding.

Alex Barnett, the Harrison County judge, said, “This lower end of town, this half of town was under water in the ’97 flood.”

20 years ago that flood was devastating for Cynthiana.

“We had, I guess, a 500-year flood and it was up to the edge of the courthouse here and almost half of the whole town was under water. Some buildings had eight, 10, 12 feet of water in them.”

Although it’s been a number of years since the City of Cynthiana has seen significant flooding Fox 56 is told they still have to think ahead just in case.

“Absolutely, we’ve been keeping an eye on the rain,” Barnett said. “Just make sure everybody’s aware it can happen and keep an eye on the weather.”

There’s not a whole lot they can do preparation wise, but County Judge Alex Barnett says they’ll send out an emergency alert if there’s any sort of danger with high water.

“If there’s any chance that the river will get out of its banks we’ll know that well ahead of that happening,” he said.

As for the guys out on the ball fields, they’re putting up with the rain as long as time allows.

Riley said, “Oh yeah. For the rest of the day. Until it floods, I guess.”

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