Flood threat eases

CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Despite a rainy Friday and Saturday, the Kentucky River in Frankfort dropped significantly both days and local officials were hoping to be spared from more flooding.

But after much of the state spent last week battling back from last weekend's huge ice storm, more severe weather hit Kentucky Saturday. Two people were killed and at least 10 were injured after strong winds ripped through a community in Breathitt County near the Lee County line, authorities said.

In Frankfort at Lock 4 Saturday afternoon, the river level was 19.20 feet, 11.80 feet below the 31-foot flood stage. At 7 p.m. Saturday, the river had fallen to 18.55 feet, according to Mayor Bill May.

"All the pump stations have been shut down and the flood gates have been opened," May said.

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