WILL PINKSTON | The Sun
The Ohio River slowly swells over the band stage beyond the floodwall in downtown Paducah on Sunday as a long duration rain system is forecast to drop more than 3 inches of rain through Monday. Meteorologists warn of flooded roadways and low lying areas across much of western Kentucky and southern Illinois.
With 10 inches of rainfall rounding out the previous month — the third wettest November in Paducah’s recorded history — it’s no surprise to meteorologists that flooding is again a concern as rain douses the region.
Though not expected to even come close to the catastrophic spring flooding, meteorologists warn that the current long duration rain will cause problems for roadways and low-lying areas.
As of Sunday evening, the National Weather Service in Paducah measured about 1.75 inches of rainfall, with an additional 2.75 inches forecast to fall before the weather system moved out of the area Monday night, said meteorologist Kevin Smith. The majority of the weather service’s forecast area was under a flood-related watch or warning statement.
With the first several months of 2012 expected to be as rainy as earlier this year, Beau Dodson, meteorologist for the McCracken County Office of Emergency Management, said the possibility of additional long rains in the next several weeks could cause flooding concerns for the spring of 2012.
Christmas time is here
If Black Friday shopping and getting the turkey out of the way wasn’t enough to put you in the Christmas spirit, the numerous parades held over the weekend may have helped. Paducah held its parade Saturday night, one of the largest the city holds each year.
Share the Hope readies
for eastern journey
Kentuckians in Wolfe County will receive presents and items for every day life when Share the Hope comes to town next weekend. Share the Hope is a mission charity project that began 19 years ago and collects toys, household items, furniture and clothing for residents in the Appalachian region. Ever December, the group loads the truck with the goods and drives to an eastern Kentucky community.
Teen of the Week
Alexandra Gream is the Mid-Continent University Teen of the Week. The senior at Mayfield High School played soccer and hopes to become a math teacher and a coach after college. Gream also opened her own vegetable stand this summer, asking customers to pay for their goods by the honor system, dropping their money into a lockbox.
In May, a Teen of the Year will be chosen from the weekly winners, earning a four-year scholarship to Mid-Continent or a $2,500 scholarship to another school of their choice.