Owensboro Catholic High School closes Thursday due to flooding

Heavy rain causes several Owensboro roads to flood
Owensboro Catholic High School closes Thursday due to flooding
Published: Sep. 3, 2020 at 7:56 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 7:57 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Rain caused some issued for drivers in Owensboro on Thursday morning with around 2.5 inches rain, flooding many roads.

Police had West Parrish blocked off for a while. Several other streets across down were also covered in water.

Owensboro Transit posted that buses were running late because of the flooding.

It even caused Owensboro Catholic High School located on West Parrish to close for the day.

“It’s frustrating because you know we want to have the kids in school,” Keith Osborne, chief administrative officer for Owensboro Catholic Schools said. “With students being new drivers and young drivers we just didn’t want to put them at risk at driving through water they shouldn’t be going through.”

Osborne says flooding in Owensboro has always been an issue.

“If your a lifelong resident of Owensboro like I am, Parish Avenue has had water issues my whole life here,” Osborne said.

The rain created problems for drivers as well.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to make it to work today because I couldn’t,” Owensboro resident Todd Tyler said. “I couldn’t get out of my driveway.”

City officials say West Parish Avenue is a problem area, as well as Scherm and Tamarack Roads.

“There’s a ditch in between my house and York Park and it is an absolute river,” Tyler said. “Water is in my back yard, water is in my garage.”

The assistant city engineer says they refer to events like Thursday’s as rain intensity.

“Today was just about too much rain all at one time,” assistant city engineer Dirk Dooper. “It just had too much backlog to get out.”

City officials say they plan on looking into what caused Thursday morning’s flooding.

“We’ll go into areas where the streets were flooded,” Dooper said. “We’ll go back and go through inlets and then check the pipes, check the manholes.”

Weather permitting, Owensboro Catholic High School officials say they plan to have students back in the building on Friday morning.

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