Flooding Resources

February 2020 – ALERT: Heavy rains in Kentucky continue to be a threat for flooding around Kentucky. LTC facilities need to prepare for action in the event of a flooding emergency. Current weather analysis for the Commonwealth is at the bottom of this page.

The following resources will assist you in preparing your facility and staff in the event of a flooding emergency:

  • The Flood/Flash Flood template helps you prepare your facility and staff for the event and walks you through action steps in the event of a flooding emergency.
  • Conditions can change quickly.  Keep in touch with your County Emergency Manager regarding the status of your facility in relation to flooding near your facility.
  • In the event of a flooding event, facilities should contact their County Emergency Managers for assistance.  Completion of the Kentucky LTC Facility Disaster Assessment Form can be sent to nhsafety@louisville.edu
  • For additional Emergency Preparedness information check out the full Kentucky LTC Emergency Preparedness Manual.

Commonwealth Severe Weather Analysis

Wednesday-Thursday, February 12-13 2020


Rain is expected to continue across the Commonwealth all day Wednesday and into Thursday. Rainfall totals are expected to be 1 to 2 inches, with some areas receiving higher amounts of rainfall. Periods of heavy rain will occur at times, mostly Wednesday afternoon, evening, and overnight as the rain moves east across Kentucky. A flash flood watch is in effect for the entire Commonwealth until Thursday morning.

NWS Paducah, KY

Widespread rain can be expected into Wednesday night, and it may be heavy at times. Rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are expected, with isolated higher amount possible mainly across western Kentucky. Flood and flash flood watches are in effect across the region.

NWS Louisville, KY

Rain showers will develop throughout the day Wednesday and increase in size and intensity across south central Kentucky as we head into the afternoon and evening. Flooding is a threat as moderate to heavy rain is likely Wednesday evening with 1 to 2 inches falling on already saturated ground. Some locations could locally see more than 2 inches of rain. A flash flood watch is in effect from 3pm Wednesday afternoon until Thursday morning. Impacts will be the possibility of flash flooding and minor to moderate river flooding.

NWS Jackson, KY

Rain showers are expected to occur throughout the day Wednesday. A band of heavy rain showers will move eastward across Kentucky overnight. Rainfall rates up to 1 inch per hour will be possible and will lead to the potential for flash flooding. A flash flood watch is in effect for eastern Kentucky from 7pm Wednesday evening through 7am Thursday morning. Between 1 to 2 inches of rainfall is forecast for Wednesday into Thursday.

NWS Charleston, WV

Rain showers spread over the area by Wednesday afternoon. An additional 1 inch of rainfall with possible localized higher amounts could occur through Thursday, which could cause flooding across parts of the area. A flash flood watch is in effect from 4pm Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning. Heavy rain will turn into light rain showers by Thursday afternoon.

NWS Wilmington, OH

Rain will develop across northern Kentucky around midday Wednesday. Rain will continue overnight and may be heavy at times. Rainfall totals of 1 to 1.25 inches my lead to flooding of creeks, streams, and low lying areas. A flash flood watch has been issued for Wednesday afternoon and evening.