Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Readies for Remnants of “Katrina”
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is preparing for the remnants of Hurricane “Katrina.” Transportation Cabinet crew members in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties are on standby to respond to flooded roads and to help repair highways damaged by floodwaters.
The category four storm made landfall in Louisiana early this morning. The massive storm’s remnants are expected to sweep across the commonwealth bringing with it excessive rainfall and steady winds. The National Weather Services has already issued a flood watch for most of Kentucky until early Wednesday. The potential for several inches of rain will certainly bring about the possibility of flooding.
“Crews are preparing for this event much like they do for an anticipated major snow/ice event during the winter,” said Acting Transportation Secretary Bill Nighbert. “Motorists are advised never to drive through a water covered roadway. The fast currents of floodwaters can easily carry a vehicle off the road. If you encounter a flooded highway, report it to local law enforcement.”
The cabinet’s Operations Center in Frankfort will also closely monitor road conditions across the state. Road closing information will be provided to local media by the cabinet’s Public Information Officers. Please monitor local television, radio and newspaper reports for conditions in your area. You can also check road conditions by dialing 511 for traffic and travel information or by going on the internet at www.511.ky.gov.