Even in this area, Ivan still pretty terrible

September 17, 2004

Rains and wind from Hurricane Ivan flooded creeks, blew a few trees down and caused scattered power outages in the Central Kentucky area today.

Classes at Danville High School and National College of Business & Technology were canceled because of power and phone outages. The Constitution Square Festival site took a beating from winds, but park manager Brenda Willoughby said rain or no rain the show will go on.

A tree knocked power and phones off for about 100 customers, including the high school and business college on Lexington Avenue.

Kentucky Utilities expected to have power back on by noon, said Cliff Feltham, a company spokesman.

White Oak Road in Junction City was blocked after a Lincoln County Scrap Metal tractor-trailer carrying about a dozen smashed cars turned over about 4 a.m. The road still wasn't clear by press time.


The trailer knocked down power lines and threatened to dump its load of cars into the creek there. Power was out to houses on both sides of the road near the accident. The trailer was turned over near the intersection of White Oak and Ky. 300.

Junction City firefighters put hay bales down to block oil from the truck from flowing into the storm drain, but Chief Jimmy Gipson was still concerned about the cars falling into the flooded creek.

Boyle County road crews directed traffic around flood waters on Gose Pike and were keeping an eye on Clarks Run because water had climbed to the top of its banks.

County crews removed trees from Pope and Nosco roads. State highway crews removed a fallen tree on Parksville Knob and had reports of high water on Ky. 185, between Mitchellsburg and Perryville, and on Minor's Branch, off of Ky. 37.

In Danville, school groups from Woodlawn and Camp Dick elementaries still planned to take field trips to Constitution Square.

Storytelling was moved inside the log buildings, but the living history exhibit, setup outside, was a wash.

"My living history is past history," Willoughby said.

Two tents toppled over onto Main Street Thursday night, but most of the crafters and all the food vendors planned to open shop in the park today, Willoughby said.

She hoped that by Friday afternoon the rain would have stopped, and that Saturday and Sunday would be cloudy, but not wet.

There have been a few trees reported down in Casey County, but no complaints about blocked highways by 9 a.m. today, according to Bernetha Foley, spokeswoman for the county road department. The state highway department cleared trees off a few state roads.

Utilities checked outages, but saw few.

"Most of our problems are in the area from Danville south to the northern edge of northern Casey County," said Steve Sowder, vice president of operations at Inter-County Energy in Danville.

Creeks overflowed, and threatened to flood roads in Lincoln County, according to dispatchers there. A tree was in the road on Ky. 198, and heavy rain and high winds were reported in the county. No roads were closed.

Garrard and Mercer road departments reported minor damage. There was some high water reported in Mercer County. One tree fell on Danville Road, three miles outside of Lancaster, but firefighters had cleared it.

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