Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Flooding Salt River

This is the Salt River, in Anderson County, near Lawrenceburg, on May 3rd, after two days of rain, 6 to 8 inches in the area which this river drains: part of central Kentucky, flowing northward to near Lawrenceburg, (here) then west and eventually into the Ohio. It does not flow into the Kentucky River, which at this point is only about 3 miles to the east. Note: the dam is totally overwhelmed. The second photo is a normal flow after light rain. That photo was taken a couple years ago, from a position about in the center of the third and fourth pictures.
Kathy and Barry's 'farm house' property comes down to the road, but the house is well above the river. This picture below, taken 3 years ago, is the view  from an upstairs window. The group of buildings on the right in the photo, are the flooded ones below,and that road was closed (flooded) from this point, as it follows alongside the river for a little ways. Mill Creek Pike, on the left, was ok, at least no warning signs at this point.  That is the Four Roses Distillery in the background. Looking east, toward Versailles, (10 miles)  and Lexington (20 miles).

These old buildings have been standing empty for many years. This is the first time I have seen the water high enough to surround them.
I was surprised by the number of tiny little fish seeking safe areas in the very shallowest waters along the  edges.

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