City officials warn of possible flooding

As Tropical Storm Cindy hits the Gulf Coast, it is not just the southern states that need to prepare. Remnants of the storm are expected to hit a cold front in Kentucky, which may result in flash flooding in several counties.

To prepare for possible flooding, Barbourville Mayor David Thompson met with Barbourville Police Chief Winston Tye and Street Department Superintendent Robbie Cobb. Officials will spend the day checking every drain in the city to ensure it is draining properly.

“We are trying our best to be ahead of this storm if there is anything we can do to help it,” said Mayor Thompson.

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Knox County is under a Flash Flood Watch beginning 5:56 a.m. Friday, June 23 until 8 a.m. Saturday, June 24.

NOAA states that a Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.