08-31-2017

Kentucky Emergency Management to activate state EOC as Harvey remnants approach

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT – Kentucky Emergency Management will activate its state Emergency Operations Center as remnants of Hurricane Harvey cross over the state later today. The EOC will activate at 4 p.m. EDT today at a Level 4, which consists of personnel monitoring the weather system.

The remnants will bring periods of widespread, moderate to heavy rainfall this evening through Friday. Areas that receive multiple rounds of heavy rainfall will likely see some street flooding and rises in area creeks and rivers, according to a an emergency management news release. As the center of the low-pressure system moves near southern Kentucky early Friday morning, an isolated tornado is possible.

“By activating our state emergency operations center, we are positioning ourselves forward to respond quickly and efficiently should the need arise," Michael Dossett, KYEM director said in the news release. "Our primary mission is to support our county responders and the citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Officials remind citizens to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings. Flash flooding will be a threat as the system moves through the state. Individuals are reminded not to drive or walk through any flooded areas. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles.