Flooding in Louisville closes roads, prompts water rescues

Louisville flooding
(Courtesy: WEWS)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Authorities in Louisville, Kentucky, made more than 100 water rescues early Friday as area storms flooded roads and prompted at least one evacuation.

Louisville MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Duncan says 116 water rescues had been made since 1 a.m. Friday.

There was also a mandatory evacuation for the first floor of an apartment building, Duncan said. Elsewhere, a mudslide had blocked a road and dozens of others were barricaded due to high water.

Meanwhile, Jefferson County Public Schools canceled classes Friday due to the inclement weather and flooding.

Duncan told The Associated Press the area had gotten 6 inches of rain overnight but no injuries were reported.

“We also want to remind everyone to turn around and don’t drown,” she said. “It might look like a small amount of water, but it’s not. A lot of these places have very high water and people are getting stuck in that water because they’re thinking it’s not that high.”

The National Weather Service says a flash flood warning was in effect Friday morning for north central Kentucky.

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