UPDATE 11:07am: The National Weather Service has revised its flash flood warning; it’s only in effect until 11:30am.
UPDATE 10:22am: Flooding at the University of Louisville prompted the cancellation of classes until 11:00am. Officials say they’ll decide soon about classes for the rest of the day.
UPDATE 9:40am: The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning until 12:15pm. The warning specifically highlights flash flood prone areas like the low lying area at Taylorsville Road and the railroad bridge overflows, and the points where Hite Creek overflows onto Highway 22.
UPDATE 9:12am: The intersection of Main and 13th Streets is closed due to flooding, according to MetroSafe.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Louisville and southern Indiana until 11:30 this morning, predicting the sudden deluge of water from this morning’s storms could flood small creeks and streams.
Even so, MSD spokesman Steve Tedder says it’s too soon to say what flooding may occur.
“We see a lot of the flooding more after the fact, but this is a lot coming quickly,” he said. “The good news is that most of the streams were relatively low because we haven’t had a lot of rain. Right now, we are watching and we will continue to monitor.”
MSD has flood pumping stations along the Ohio River, but those haven’t been activated yet. Tedder says over the course of today and tomorrow, as swollen streams discharge into the Ohio there may be a need to begin pumping. He says at the moment conditions in Louisville weren’t identical to the August 2009 flood. During that event, the ground was already saturated from previous rainwater, which exacerbated the flooding.