Lexington police urged drivers not to travel through flooded areas Wednesday as periodic heavy rain moved through.
West High Street at South Broadway, near Rupp Arena and Lexington Center renovation, was closed for more than two hours until 9 a.m. due to high water. Lexington police also closed Bryan Station Road between Johnston Road and Muir Station Road for around 45 minutes at 7:30 a.m. after rain caused a crash, according to Lt. Andrew Daugherty.
There also were reports of rushing water up to 3 feet deep near Windy Corner Market on Bryan Station. The restaurant said on Facebook it closed for the day because of the weather.
High water was reported on Sir Barton Way at Meeting Street, which is near Frederick Douglass High School, and parts of Russell Cave Road may be flooded as well, police said.
More flooding was possible as additional waves of rain arrive.
Other locations that could experience flooding in Lexington include areas around Meadowthorpe, Dunbar High School, Thoroughbred Acres, Veterans Park, Cardinal Hill, Cadentown, Northland and Highlands, according to Accuweather.
“Don’t drive through the water,” Daugherty said. “It moves a lot faster than you’d think.”
A flood advisory is in effect in Fayette County until 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. About 1.55 inches of rain are expected in Lexington through Thursday morning. according to the National Weather Service.
Flood advisories for Eastern Kentucky counties are in effect until 2 p.m. Flooding of creeks, streams and rivers is possible in Eastern Kentucky and mud and rock slides are expected, the weather service said.
Several central Kentucky roads were temporarily shut down as a result of high waters, including Union City Road at Otter Creek Bridge in Madison County, according to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Officials re-opened Union City Road at about 4 p.m.
In Scott County, officials closed Muddy Fork Road near Muddy Fork Creek, Biddle Pike near Little Eagle Creek and Lisle Road near the Burton Farm entrance for flooding, according to the transportation cabinet. Each re-opened Wednesday afternoon.
New Dicksville Road in Mercer County was also closed near the Chaplin River.
WKYT chief meteorologist Chris Bailey said 1 to 3 inches of rain are possible throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky through Wednesday night.
More rain is expected in the forecast by Friday, Bailey said.