Wild Weekend Weather Causes Problems

By: Scott Blalock, Meteorologist
By: Scott Blalock, Meteorologist

Knoxville (WVLT) - Weekend storms stretching across the South and Midwest are blamed for at least a dozen deaths.

There are no reported deaths in Tennessee, but in Kentucky, the bad weather is blamed for ten deaths.

Meteorologist Scott Blalock brings you a closer look at the severe weather and who got the most rain.

Heavy rains began early Saturday and didn't let up until Sunday afternoon.

At least six of the reported Kentucky deaths were related to vehicles stuck or skidding in high water.

Dozens of Kentucky roads remain flooded Monday night and some residents are still out of their homes due to high water.

"I thought Oh, my gosh! I was really afraid that it was going to go into the house," says Melissa Hancock, a Hopkinsville resident.

"We're loading first with photographs, business papers, things that are hard to replace or can't replace," says Pam Ladd, another Hopkinsville resident.

Lexington got seven inches of rain this weekend.

Police believe two college friends drowned when they tried to cross a major road near the University of Kentucky.

Apparently, a creek overflowed and the current swept them several miles away.

This weekend's flooding was also a wet mess for some drivers, rescuers, and business owners all over East Tennessee.

Some streets in Knox County were still flooded Sunday.

The water at Gleason and Ebenezer in West Knoxville was so high that it was blocked off so vehicles could not drive through.

But some drivers refused to go around the high waters on Cedar Bluff. One car was stuck under water for hours Saturday, many had no choice but to drive through the water, which is why officials conducted several water rescues.

A State of emergency was declared in 15 Kentucky counties and four cities because of the flooding.


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