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Shelby County avoided major problems from flooding Friday morning, but heavy rains overnight put some roads underwater.
Shelby County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Whitman said the heaviest flooding occurred along Scott Station and Antioch Roads and in the Lucas Road area, near the Henry County line.
“We had some pretty heavy rains, but we’ve been very lucky, especially when you consider the mud slides that have been going on all around us and in southern Indiana,” he said.
Mike Callahan, a hydrologist [meteorologist who specializes in water issues] at the National Weather Service, said that the northern Shelby County received 4 inches of rain over Thursday night and Friday morning, and that the southern portion of the county only got 2 inches.
He added that Oldham County got 5 inches, as did southern Indiana, where flooding caused severe problems.
“There were all kinds of problems, cars were swamped on roads in Jefferson County, and in southern Indiana, there were some mudslides on the interstate and even some water rescues,” he said.
Whitman said he had heard that a mudslide destroyed a vacant home in Carroll County near state Route 36 between Carrollton and Milton early Friday.
Officials there are monitoring two other homes on the same hill that are in danger from the mudslide.
Shelbyville Police spokesperson Kelly Cable said crews had to put out signs warning motorists of high water on roadways to keep people from trying to drive through the water.
“It’s just a precaution, you’d think people wouldn’t try anything like that, but…” he said.
Cable said that a non-injury accident on I-64 Thursday near Exit 32 was also water related; no one was hurt, but traffic was tied up for a while in the late afternoon,” he said.
There were two serious accidents Friday morning in Shelby County, but neither were caused by weather, officials say. One happened shortly before 7 a.m. on Main Street in front of the Shelby County Board of Education’s central office. Police said a man fell asleep at the wheel, hit a utility pole and flipped his car, receiving only a scratch on the forehead. The other accident was more serious. One person was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital Friday morning shortly before noon after receiving a head injury in a two-vehicle accident on Freedom’s Way at Midland Industrial Road. That accident was due to driver inattention, police said.