car under waterMADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/24/13) – After a very unexpectedly severe thunderstorm with massive amounts of rain, the city of Madisonville has experienced a shockingly high amount of flooding.
Several areas were completely submerged, resulting in massive activity by local emergency personnel. In some cases, individuals even had to be rescued from their vehicle as water reached dangerous levels.

Troy Thompson told SurfKY News that the white car in the photo, almost completely submerged, was driven by his girlfriend, Lynn Harrison, with Thompson’s granddaughter, Myle Thompson. The car stalled in the high water. Thompson stated that he was called to help them out, but could not reach them.  He said that he then parked on the Parkway, swam across the creek and reached the car. In the meantime, the pair had been rescued. Thompson related the swim across the swiftly moving current as “scary for a moment." He said that he had always heard that swimming in such a current was not a good idea.

John Zieba’s State Farm Office was very nearly flooded. Zieba told SurfKY News that he had seen flooding in the area before; but, “this is higher than I have ever seen it.” He said that he had just completed landscaping work. “It is probably all gone,” he mused.  

Sharon Smith, owner of Merle Norman in Madisonville, watched as the water rushed by her store.  She said that she was thankful that the water was passing by and not backing up, as has been the case in the past.  Unlike other stores in the area, she did not suffer damage.

Below is a slideshow of photos taken by SurfKY News reporters.



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