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Dozens rescued after heavy rains cause flooding in Kentucky

 Monday, October 7, 2013


Emergency workers in Kentucky plucked 12 people from floodwaters and evacuated 82 others, including 50 from one apartment complex, after the Louisville area was hit by heavy rains this weekend, local officials said on Sunday. The deluge swamped low-lying areas and flooded streets, trapping people in their homes and cars, as the area was drenched with 6 inches of rain in less than 24 hours. Swift-water rescue teams and emergency workers in boats also helped 250 other people get away to higher ground, according to Louisville-Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Jody Duncan. The emergency agency logged 1,000 calls for help between Saturday night and early Sunday, Duncan said. The calls tapered off as the day progressed but the forecast called for more rain. "We could possibly have an inch to an inch and a half of rain in that area that already was flooded," she said.