Louisville, Ky., gets record-breaking rainfall causing flash floods

Oct. 6, 2013 at 10:44 AM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Rescue crews evacuated 84 people from their homes in Jefferson County, Ky., after record-breaking rainfall totals caused flash floods, officials said.

No mandatory evacuations were put in place in the county, but the Jefferson County Water Rescue Team made 12 rescues by boat and assisted 84 people in leaving their homes, The (Louisville) Courier-Journal reported Sunday.

The region received 5.91 inches of rain Saturday, breaking the previous single-day record for Oct. 5 of 3.07 inches in 1910, the National Weather Service said.

Louisville Metro Sewer District spokesman Steve Tedder said the rainfall caused the city's sewer system to fill up. Crews were out Sunday trying to clear obstructions from the sewer system, the Courier-Journal reported. Tedder said it could take 24 hours for the system to drain out completely.

Meanwhile, evacuation orders were lifted in Plaquemines Parish, La., Sunday morning as Topical Depression Karen weakened, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

The Belle Chasse Auditorium was also closed as a shelter Sunday morning, parish government officials said.

A mandatory evacuation order was in place Friday evening for all residents of the east bank of the parish and all west bank communities outside federal levee protection, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

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