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Heavy rains cause flooded Tri-State roadways

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View from State Road 65 at Highway 64 in Gibson County. View from State Road 65 at Highway 64 in Gibson County.
Looking east on Highway 64 in Gibson County. Looking east on Highway 64 in Gibson County.
Levee that broke on State Road 65. Levee that broke on State Road 65.
View north of the levee break. View north of the levee break.

Rains hit the area hard on Saturday, causing flooded roadways in the Tri-State, and officials say several of those roads are barricaded and closed to traffic.

The Gibson County Sheriff's Office says west State Road 64 from State Road 65 East to Princeton is now open .

On Sunday, deputies asked for residents to avoid the due to a levee breaking on the south side of State Road 65 and heavy flooding in the area.

On Saturday, Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth said deputies were monitoring roadways throughout the county. He reported water pooling over State Road 165 near Poseyville, State Road 68 near the State Road 69 intersection, and State Road 65 near Cynthiana. 

Deputies also reported a number of secondary roads in northern Posey County that were plagued with spots of standing water. High water signs were placed on various roads.

**Update** The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports all highways except KY 136 at 0-10mm have reopened.

US 60 at the Union-Henderson County Line has reopened all lane to traffic. Officials say water is still at the edge of the roadway, so caution is required in the area between 24-25 mile marker.

Here are some other roads in our area that remain closed:

Daviess County

CLOSED

KY 762 at 0-1mm
KY 298 at 2-3mm

HIGH WATER

KY 142 at 4-5mm

Union County

CLOSED
US 60 at 23-26mm near Union-Henderson Line
KY 141
KY 1637, KY 1452
KY 667 at 5-16mm

HIGH WATER
KY 130

Webster County

CLOSED
KY 2387 at 2-3
KY 270 at 7-8 mm

Kentucky transportation officials say crews are out in other Kentucky counties checking for areas of high water.

Oeth has passed out good advice for anyone out on the roads. 

He urges drivers who are traveling on the above named highways, and on all secondary roads, to drive with extreme caution. He says speed should be reduced to prevent hydroplaning and do not drive through flooded areas. If you encounter a flooded-out road, turn around and find another route to your destination.

Officials say six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars and cause loss of control or possible stalling. They say one foot of water will float many automobiles and two feet of rushing water can sweep away most all vehicles including SUVs and pick-up trucks. 

Officials with St. Martin's Catholic Church in Owensboro has cancelled 6:00 mass due to storm and rain damage in their area.

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