GLASGOW — It’s already been a wet winter, but more rain is expected today.
The National Weather Service in Louisville has forecasted widespread rainfall on Wednesday.
Rainfall totals for Wednesday are expected to be between 1 to 2 inches with locally higher amounts possible. The greatest threat for flooding will be east of Interstate 65.
“In general along and east of the I-65 corridor is where we have the highest flood threat highlighted, and in Barren County there stands to be some potential for flash flooding and river flooding as well,” said Dan McKemy, a meteorologist for NWS.
Where the flooding may occur is dependent on where the heaviest rain axis sets up.
“[Wednesday] we are expecting a big wave of participation to move in. The stuff in the morning hours will be fairly light. We might see a little bit of a break in the afternoon,” he said.
The rain that is expected in the late afternoon and evening hours is what the NWS in Louisville is the most concerned about due to the possibility of thunderstorms and a line of larger showers that could drop “some pretty heavy rainfall rates.”
“Given how saturated the grounds are there is some concern that we could see flash flooding and a lot of this water will just run off and go into rivers, creeks and streams resulting in river flooding threat,” McKemy said. “We do have a flash flood watch out for Barren County. Again, just to kind of highlight that threat. Obviously, not the entire county is going to be flooded, but there’s just going to be parts of the county that could see the potential for flooding. If you have creeks and streams that are already high, this rain that is moving through is just going to make them even higher.”
The Barren County Road Department has been taking steps to prepare for the anticipated rain. It has been monitoring low water fords in the county. It has also been closing off roads and putting up warning signs.
“We’ve been doing that all week,” said Tracy Shirley, emergency management director for Glasgow-Barren County on Tuesday morning.
There has already been some flooding to occur around Barren River Lake.
“We have closed Brown’s Ford Boat Ramp and we have also closed Quarry Road. They have water in parking lots and the boat ramps aren’t accessible,” said Alan Ramey, project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Barren River Lake on Tuesday morning.
By Tuesday afternoon the Corps of Engineers had also closed the Narrows lower fishing area parking lot.
The water level for Barren River Lake should be at an elevation of 528 feet for the winter months.
“Right now as of just a few minutes ago we are at 564 (feet), so we are about 36 feet above where she would be. That’s above average for this year,” Ramey said. “It’s been a pretty wet winter so. We are already at 3.73 inches here at the dam in rainfall for the month, so that’s already over our monthly average here.”
The main things that will be affected at the lake by possible flooding will be the recreational facilities operated by the Corps of Engineers.
“This is what we are designed for is flood control. As the rain comes in, heavy rains, and the rivers rise, we hold and let the rivers downstream recede and we are able to release water downstream. That’s what we are designed for so anything lakeside really shouldn’t be affected too bad other than our recreational facilities,” he said.
As Corps of Engineers’ facilities become affected by the higher water they will be closed down. The Corps of Engineers will post updates for its facilities on social media.
“Folks can check that out for any local facility closures operated by the Corps of Engineers. We will post those pretty regularly,” Ramey said.