LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- By popular demand, the video of two deer swimming
along River Road in Louisville is posted here.
WDRB Fox 41 News chief photographer Ken Bradley captured the deer, barely heads
above water, swimming near the Louisville Water Tower on Monday afternoon.
Obviously the deer were seeking higher ground as their usual habitat near the
Ohio River is disturbed.
Flooding in the past here has produced images of horses swimming against flash
flood waters; these deer are no exception.
Fox41 News Facebook fans were quick to sound off about the video:
"Wow!" said Sharon Peay. "Now that's something you don't see every day!"
"Never knew the deer could swim!" Barbara Kaiser Jones added. "But loved seeing
them heading for higher ground! Hope they made it to safety!"
"A 'Deer Crossing' sign in the background would be cool," joked Spence Burkhead.
Flooding has been a huge concern across parts of Kentucky. On Monday night,
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency.
"Today I have issued this declaration in order to make sure our citizens and
local officials have all the help they need to prepare and respond to these
storms," he stated. "This declaration opens up the pipelines and the purse
strings to enable us to get resources to where they are needed, as quickly as
possible. In addition, all of state government has been mobilized to assist
Kentuckians in need."
His office warned that the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers could face possible
"historic" flooding along the rivers the Kentucky/Tennessee line on the
Mississippi through the Cairo confluences and all the way up the Ohio River to
Smithland, Ky. Moderate flooding on the Ohio is expected from Smithland upstream
More severe weather is expected Tuesday night and throughout the day on
Wednesday. Fox 41 Meteorologist Marc Weinberg warned of possible tornadic
activity -- and unfortunately -- more rain.
"What I think is most likely is a tornado outbreak will occur in northern
Tennessee through eastern Kentucky late tomorrow morning through the afternoon,"
he said. "Our southern counties much watch this incredibly closely. Areas like
E-town, KY to Munfordville, KY to Columbia, KY need to be aware and watch
closely for this risk. This is potentially a very dangerous situation."
High water is also an issue south of Louisville. It's not only the Ohio that is
causing problems. In Shepherdsville, Ky., it's the Salt River, and it's
prompting voluntary evacuations.
As the water began to swallow nearby stop signs and mailboxes, the owner of Auto
Paint and Performance decided he had waited long enough. It was time to go.
"We're not taking any chances. A lot of the people who have been here a lot
longer than I have are recommending it's time to get out," said Tim Garrett.
They came to the same conclusion at the clothing store across the street.
"Don't want to lose anything. No flood insurance, so I don't want to replace
everything out of our pocket. Can't afford to that," said store owner Judy
It may have been the right call. Another round of rain moved into the Bullitt
County area Monday afternoon. Roads were being closed all over Shepherdsville,
leaving some neighborhoods with fewer options for getting out before this water
gets any higher."
The only mode of transportation near Froman Lake, if you don't want to wade
through waist-high water, is now row boat. Toby Tyler was loading up on the
essentials before taking his family back to their home. Many of his neighbors
have already left, but he remains optimistic they'll be able to wait out the
"It would take another day of rain or so. I mean heavy rain, for it really to
get up into our house, but there a lot of places back there that are going to
get flooded pretty rough," said Tyler.
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