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Storms cause 'remarkably few' problems in area

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

Flash flooding Wednesday night prompted evacuations in one county and left a handful of motorists stranded, but local emergency management directors said they haven't seen any major damage as a result of the weather.

Thunderstorms beginning late Wednesday evening brought around 2 inches of rain to most of the area, although some locations, such as Lone Oak in McCracken County and parts of Graves County, received closer to 4 or 5, according to Keith Todd, spokesman for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

"Any time you have that much rain in one fell swoop, there are going to be problems," Todd said, "(but) we had remarkably few."

Floodwater affected between 20 and 30 homes on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th streets in Mayfield, and about 20 residents voluntarily evacuated around 11 p.m. to a shelter at First Presbyterian Church. All the residents had returned to their homes by 8 a.m. Thursday, Graves County Emergency Management Director Jamey Locke said.

Weather spotters in McCracken County were activated at 9 p.m. and worked through the night to track the storm that came in from the northwest around that time, McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield said. The rescue squad helped a couple of stranded motorists and there was one collision on Old Mayfield Road, but flash flooding receded quickly, he added.

"It's not as large a problem as we had on Monday night," Mansfield said.

Water covered roads in several counties Wednesday night, but Todd said the flooding was spotty and receded by Thursday morning. The exceptions were U.S. 62 in Carlisle County, where flaggers were still controlling traffic Thursday afternoon, and Ky. 1820 and 1628, which were closed, Todd said.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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