Eastern KY U.S.A. BABYLON

       Heavy rains in eastern Kentucky are flooding roads and forced a handful of residents to be rescued from their homes because of rising water. Harlan and Owsley counties have declared a state of emergency. In Harlan County, some mudslides and flooded roads have been reported, state officials said. Some residents in the Bride Shade Community in Clay County had to be moved out of their homes Wednesday afternoon when they became stranded by high water. Clay County Emergency Management Director David Watson said six or seven residents were rescued from their homes as the water level was rising. Watson said no one was hurt. The county is setting up a shelter for residents who can’t get to their homes because of flooded roads. Kentucky Emergency Management officials in Frankfort are monitoring the high water in Clay, Knox, Laurel, Harlan, Leslie and Owsley counties, as more rain is expected later in the week. The National Weather Service says showers and thunderstorms are likely in the area Thursday night, extending into Friday morning. Watson said he expected the high waters in Clay County to recede by Thursday when the fresh round of storms is expected.

     Ontario CANADA

     Some schools are closed as flood waters continue to rise and wash out roads in parts of central Ontario. Seven cottage country communities have declared emergencies, including Bancroft, Kawartha Lakes, South Algonquin Township, Minden Hills, Markstay-Warren, Hunstville and Bracebridge. Last week, warm weather combined with more than 50 mm of rain caused waterways to rise rapidly. In Bancroft, three schools and a children’s centre were shuttered Monday, the town’s website said. Officials warned the closures could continue for several more days. Officials from South Algonquin Township are continuing to closely monitor the Galeairy Lake Dam and bridges. On Friday, crews were dispatched to do emergency repairs on the dam as flooding surpassed historical levels. Water levels are expected to continue to rise. Flooding is slowing in some areas, including Hunstville and the Kawarthas, but residents are asked to use caution on roadways and stay away from rivers and streams. The province has offered its support to the areas impacted by rising waters.


     Nelson residents face a major clean up after a sudden deluge flooded properties and closed roads last night. Civil Defence said more than 90 homes had been evacuated in both Nelson and the neighbouring Tasman District as a result of the downpour. Business in the regions now face with mopping up the mess before being able to reopen shop. Carolyn Norgate, who owns a business in the suburb of Richmond, said she would not be able to reopen until she got the “all clear” from her insurance company. “Who knows, the floors might have to be taken up and redone.” The Insurance Council of New Zealand said 1500 house and contents claims had been made for both regions so far. Nelson residents are being warned not to swim at Tahunanui Beach and the Waimea estuary due to the discharge of effluent following the heavy rain. The council has also issued a boil water notice to Motueka residents on the reticulated system, and advises all bore owners to boil water. “Any resident who has had mud and silt inundation on their property should take care when cleaning up because of the possibility of sewage contamination,” the council said. While rain is expected to continue in the regions overnight, the weather is expected to clear from tomorrow. However, MetService said heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms were still possible in the western ranges of Nelson.


     Heavy rain and thundershowers flooded wadis (valleys) in Ibri, about 200km south-west of Muscat early Tuesday. In the central region strong winds whipped up a dust storm on Monday evening and the country’s meteorological department has forecast more dust storms in the central and southern regions in the next 24 hours. “A huge cloud of sand was created on the road from Adam to Salalah,” said Bader Ali Al Baddaei, one of the administrators on http://www.rthmc.net, a local web-based forum to discuss weather trends in Oman. A spokesperson for the meteorological department also confirmed that strong winds whipped up sand in the central region. “We expect more sandstorms in the next 24 hours,” the spokesperson said. He also forecast that strong winds could whip up sand, especially in the desert areas. The meteorological department spokesperson said that most of the south Batinah region and Muscat received light to moderate rain on Tuesday morning. “The early morning rain was accompanied by thundershowers, which we expect to continue for the next 24 hours,” he added. Ibri received the maximum rainfall of 22.6mm followed by Bidiya (16.8mm), Jebel Shams (3.4mm), Adam (3.2mm), Muscat (2.2mm), Buraimi (1.6mm), Yanqul (1.2mm) and Sayq (1mm). The meteorological department spokesperson has urged people not to cross wadis, especially in the Ibri area. He also advised fisherman to be careful at sea, which is expected to be rough for the next 24 hours. The rain brought the mercury down by five degrees to 32 degrees Celsius.

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