Flooding 2 20HENDERSON COUNTY, Ky. 2/20/18 – With projected flood water levels rising higher at the Newburgh Dam to 45.9 feet by the end of the week, residents in the Reed/Beals area are preparing for high water. 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is already reporting several roads closed in the area, which includes Kentucky 811 between mile-markers 2-5 due to water over the road. Signs have been posted in numerous locations warning of closure and flooding. 

Reed resident Lillian Risley said it is just another day in Reed.

“We have become accustomed to the flooding occurring once every 3 to 5 years” Risley said. “We just make sure our belongings aren’t going to float off and then wait until it recedes.”

The Reed Volunteer Fire Department issued a post on social media Monday that read, “It’s that time of year again,” adding it is nothing new for residents living in the area, reminding everyone to be aware.

“It looks like we are going to get another 1.5-2 feet of water, so we anticipate most of the Reed/Beals area to be affected to some degree,” Reed Fire Chief Phil Stephens said.

Stephens recommends drivers should avoid going through moving water, and keep in mind that if pavement is not visible, there is a good chance that it has been swept away.

Spottsville and Smith Mills are other areas will likely be affected by the flood waters, officials said. The volunteer fire departments in those areas say they will be watching the roads and homes that could be affected or cut off due to high waters.

Nick Risley
SurfKY News Reporter 

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