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Roads slick, one bridge closed, more expected as water rising

Adair County roads are slick where water is ponding; one bridge on Old Gradyville Road is closed and water is rising -- drivers are advised to use extreme caution

By Linda Waggener

Adair County Road Department Foreman Terry Corbin reports that one bridge on Old Gradyville Road, near Hwy 768, is being closed now, at 11:30amCT, with 6-8" water already covering it.

Another bridge nearby has water rising, only lacking a couple of feet to be at the bridge. He said that all low lying areas will have water coverage as this rain continues and extreme caution should be used by drivers.

Corbin said to treat this Harvey storm-related heavy rain just as when the roads get covered in certain areas during heavy spring rains.

"Slow down," that is the advice of Adair County Sheriff Harrison Moss who has had several calls today and worked one water related accident with the KSP where a young driver hydroplaned lost control, flipped. "People don't realize that when water is ponding on roads like they are today, they must be driving at lower rates of speed to keep control of a vehicle," he said, "you can't just keep going at regular speed and avoid accidents."

Corbin and his crew members are at work trying to put up caution tape to help drivers take note of water in low lying areas and bridges, yet he says there just is not enough manpower to get to every Road in the county.

TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN remains the advice of all first responders whenever heavy rains change road conditions from the norm.

This story was posted on 2017-09-01 11:21:03
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Old Gradyville Rd. Bridge 1st closed - Flash Flood of 01 Sep 2017

2017-09-01 - Bridge at Old Gradyville Road & Paul Coomer Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
The little bridge over Big Creek at the intersection of Old Gradyville Road and Paul Coomer Road was the first closure of the day, today, on Friday, 1 Sep 2017, by Adair County Road Foreman Terry Corbin, and the first to re-open. This photo was taken at 12:30pmCT, after the road had reopened. There was plenty of evidence of the wide swath in bottom land pastures flattened a few hours earlier, however. Mr. Corbin urges everyone to be extremely cautious on Adair County Roads today, especially lowlying areas, including this one. With more rainfall Friday, it's entirely possible that this passage may be closed again. - EW/LW

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