Water Resources of the United States

PROJECT ALERT NOTICE (KY) Extreme rains in western Kentucky

Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2023 13:30:59 EDT

Summary: Nearly a foot of rain falls on parts of western Kentucky

Eighteen months after a devastating EF-4 tornado hit western Kentucky, nearly a foot of rain has fallen in and around Mayfield Kentucky with widespread 6-to-8-inch amounts elsewhere in western Kentucky. The drainage basins most affected were the Clarks River watershed and other smaller tributaries going into the Ohio and Mississippi River.

Two river gages in western Kentucky have hit peaks of record. One peak of record was measured yesterday while another peak of record will be measured today. Thus far, all river gages are working properly.

The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana watershed had two crews working the flooding event yesterday and one crew of two people working today. This event garnered national attention, however, no USGS crews have been interviewed.

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