By Bobbie Poynter
Call 627-7090 if you need to get out
The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for Barbourville and Knox County through Friday afternoon. A flood warning means that flooding is occurring or is imminent.
According to the weather service, a slow moving cold front will sag southeast across the area through Thursday bringing heavy rainfall to eastern Kentucky. Additionally, most of the lingering snowpack across the area will be melting, adding to the runoff. Two to three inches of rain are forecast to fall before the end of Thursday.
Small streams and creek flooding will be possible with minor to possibly moderate flooding along larger rivers expected through Thursday.
Residents are encouraged to monitor National Weather Service forecasts and be alert for flood warnings.
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action now.
“Be sure you have plenty of food, water and any medicines you may need,” said Mike Mitchell of Emergency Management. “Look out for yourself and your neighbors. We’re going to experience some flooding we have not seen in 10-12 years. Most importantly, do not drive or cross through flood waters. If you absolutely have to get out, call 627-7090.”
You can also keep an eye on the Cumberland River status on Barbourville Utilities Cable Channel 98.
The Cumberland River is predicted to crest at 35 ½ feet by Thursday afternoon. Flood stage is 27.0 feet. At 30.0 feet, flooding will occur along Manchester and Miller Streets. However, the good news is the river is expected to fall back below flood stage by Friday morning.