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Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:03 PM

Heavy rains lead to rescues, road closures in Appalachia

Source: AP

By JOHN RABY and REBECCA REYNOLDS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky firefighter Eddie Stacy was turning his firetruck around in the dark while responding to storm damage when he noticed a tiny light coming from the flooded Red River.

It was a cellphone a woman was waving from a car inundated with water that was rising by the minute.

Stacy and other members of the Hazel Green Fire Department sprang into action Sunday night, pulling five people from the car where water was up to the dashboard. Among those rescued were a 17-month-old boy and a woman who appeared to be having a seizure, Stacy said in a telephone interview Monday.

“We don’t do too much training on this water rescue,” Stacy said. “Instinct, it just kicks in.”



Catherine Castle stands on the porch of her home in downtown Paintsville, Ky., as floodwaters approach on Monday, March 1, 2021. (Ryan C. Hemens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)


Read more: https://apnews.com/article/floods-power-outages-kentucky-evacuations-tennessee-2c03eddc4918599e9bd8fa9a976c0edc

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underpants Mar 1 #1
Miguelito Loveless Mar 1 #2
Yonnie3 Mar 2 #3
underpants Mar 2 #4

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:09 PM

1. I can imagine

It looks like we finally are going to have some dry days here in Richmond VA. My folks are out in the valley and they’ve had 6 snows in 2021.

I haven’t seen the River here but I’m sure it’s raging.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 1, 2021, 10:37 PM

2. My front yard ny the road

Has been a swamp over a years now.

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Response to underpants (Reply #1)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 12:35 AM

3. The James is close to flood stage

I was just was looking at the warning. It will be up for a while.

VAC041-087-760-021345-
/O.EXT.KAKQ.FL.W.0014.210302T0800Z-210304T0130Z/
/RMDV2.1.ER.210302T0800Z.210303T0600Z.210303T1930Z.NO/
834 PM EST Mon Mar 1 2021

...The Flood Warning is now in effect until Wednesday evening...

The Flood Warning continues for
the James River At Richmond Westham.
* From late tonight to Wednesday evening.
* At 7:30 PM EST Monday the stage was 11.4 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage late
tonight to a crest of 12.4 feet early Wednesday morning. It will
then fall below flood stage early Wednesday afternoon.
* Impact...At 12.0 feet, Flood stage. Minor flooding along both
banks, no damage at this level.
* Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of 12.4
feet on 03/05/1997.

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Response to Yonnie3 (Reply #3)

Tue Mar 2, 2021, 09:23 AM

4. Yes there's a flood warning on going basically

I just don’t go across the river very much.

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