Flood Watches are posted for much of the Local 6 area as a storm system brings prolonged periods of rain to the area Sunday through Tuesday.
A FLOOD WATCH is now in effect until late Monday afternoon for all of Western Kentucky, portions of Southern Illinois (Alexander, Gallatin, Hardin, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, & White Co.), and for portions of Southeast Missouri (Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, Scott, & Stoddard Co.). Areas within this watch are expected to receive widespread rainfall totals of 3-5", with locally higher amounts possible.
In addition, a FLOOD WATCH continues for the Missouri Bootheel & Northwest Tennessee from through tonight. Areas within this watch are expected to receive 4-6" of rain, with locally higher totals.
Parts of the Local 6 area are under various Flood Warnings and Advisories as this event continues to unfold. To check the latest warnings & advisories from the National Weather Service, click here.
Local rivers and lakes are already running above normal with recent high amounts of rain and are likely to continue or begin to rise next week. To see the latest river forecasts from the National Weather Service, click here.
Low lying and typical areas prone to flooding will be impacted and those living in vulnerable flood areas are encouraged to make preparations in the event evacuations are necessary.
Motorists are advised to use caution as water may end up covering some area roadways. Try to plan to avoid low lying areas, and be careful when approaching highway dips and underpasses.
This rain event has also led to breaking the record for all-time wettest year. As of Monday morning, our rainfall totaled 71.41" for the year. The standing record for annual rainfall is 70.58" set back in 1950.