Louisville Kentucky Flooding Shuts Roads, Affects Traffic, Travel
Louisville Kentucky has seen some significant flooding today that has shut roads, and affected traffic and travel in and out of the region.
Heavy thunderstorms caused so much water to fall in this region that the University of Louisville was shut down, and thousands of people are still without power in the town.
Water flooded the Interstate 65 and traffic had to come to a standstill in Clark County. At the Louisville International Airport most of the entrances to the underground parking garage have been closed due to flooding and some of the vehicles already down there sustained water damage. Visitors are being asked to park in the upper levels and travelers are urged to check their flights before leaving the house to make sure their flights are still on time. All flights were halted between 8:30am and 9:30am due to the weather.
National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan said the Rubbertown area in western Louisville was swamped by more than 6 inches of rain in three hours Tuesday morning. Callahan said the slow-moving storm "went right into Louisville and just sat there."
Craig Buthod, director of Louisville's public library system, said 3 1/2 feet of water inundated the main library's lower level. He said tens of thousands of books were lost and the library was forced to close. He said staff vehicles and bookmobiles were also flooded.
No injuries have been reported, but several people have had to be rescued from their cars, and about 24,000 people still do not have power.
A flash flood warning is in effect today as more thunderstorms could be on their way.