Emergency officials keeping close eye on rising water levels

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POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Emergency officials are concerned that rain could cause problems around some rivers in Kentucky.

The Red River in Powell County is one such area they are keeping an eye on, sister station WKYT reports. The rising water has not caused flooding issues yet, but Powell County EMS is watching out for low-lying areas near the river.

In Clay City, the river is below minor flood stage, but the rain that is expected through Tuesday may change that. If flooding happens, drivers are warned to watch out for covered roads.

"Even just because you have a pickup truck doesn't mean that you can make it across a flooded roadway," said Steve Asbury, Powell County Emergency Management Director. "It doesn't take much water to float vehicles off the roadway and once you're over the ditch then it gets even deeper."

The water levels are expected to recede by Wednesday. Mudslides and rockslides may be an issue during the rains, so be careful if driving in the area.

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