Lawrence soaked, neighbors under water

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 6, 2003

They say that April showers bring May flowers. May showers, however, are bringing soggy lawns and rapidly filling creeks and streams.

According to information from the National Weather Service in Charleston, W.Va., the Tri-State area got between 2 and 3 inches of rain in the last 24 hours. Rain is in the forecast throughout the week.

Only one road was closed in Lawrence County because of high water. Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said State Route 93 at the 11-mile marker was closed for a time late last night because water was over the road.

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Areas south of Lawrence County, however, were hit hard. Hydrometeorologist John Sikora said the Little Sandy River in Grayson, Ky., is

3 feet over flood stage. The river is expected to rise another 1 to 2 feet before cresting at noon today.

As the threat of more rains looms in the forecast, Sikora reminded motorists to avoid roadways that are water-covered.

"Make sure when you see high water that you don't drive though it," Sikora said. "Most flood deaths are caused by people driving through water on roadways. Water is deceiving."