MADISONVILLE, Ky. (6/25/13) – On Monday, June 24, 2013, the city of Madisonville was struck by an unexpected storm front bringing with it torrential rain. The rain was so heavy, in fact, that many areas throughout the county as a whole experienced fast-paced flooding. Areas such as the Parkway Plaza Mall parking lot and McCoy Avenue were completely closed out due to high water. Despite the suddenness and unexpectedness of the flood, the Madisonville Fire Department (MFD) was on the scene saving and protecting the lives of adults, children and pets.
The following is a summary of incidents that the fire Department covered during the flood.
At 10:55 MFD was dispatched to a passenger car stranded in the water at Parkway Plaza Mall. Once on the scene, firefighters found a second car with stranded passengers, along with the original car that was in a ditch, partially submerged. Firefighters assisted both vehicle passengers to safety.
At 11:31, MFD was dispatched to 140 North Franklin Street where a vehicle was stranded in eighteen inches of water. The driver had already exited the vehicle. Firefighters established roadblocks to keep any other vehicles from entering the deep water area.
At 11:27, MFD firefighters witnessed heavy flooding at the south end of Hanner Street, endangering residents of the area. Firefighters helped the families to evacuate the residences for safety purposes.
At 11:29, MFD was on-scene at South Franklin Street to divert traffic away from a flooded area where water was well-over the roadway.
At 11:30 MFD came upon a van stuck in the water at the intersection of Branch Street and Kentucky Avenue. Firefighters stayed on-scene until the van was removed and guided traffic until the water receded.
At 11:35 MFD checked for flooding in the Rosemont Drive area. Once on the scene, firefighter noted high water near the end of Rosemont Drive, affecting the last two homes on the street. Fire crew found two children at home and prepared to evacuate them. The mother arrived and took the children to safety. Firefighters stayed on scene to keep an eye on the water level for safety purposes.
At 11:50, MFD was assigned my Chief Stoltz to Park Avenue in front of the Cole Lumber Company for a person stranded in a vehicle in rushing water on the bridge. Once on the scene, firefighters found that the driver was trapped and the water level was rising. With assistance from Jeff’s Towing, the driver was rescued.
At 12:15, MFD was dispatched to Hardee’s to check on occupants temporarily trapped by flood waters. All occupants were okay, and firefighters stayed on the scene for traffic control until the water subsided.
At 11:39 Firefighters reported to the intersection of West Noel and Nebo Road. They found the area at Meadow Lane flooding. Fire crews went from door to door, offering to assist homeowners with evacuation procedures if necessary.
At 11:45, MFD was on the scene of the lower Chickasaw area checking on flood conditions. The fire crew found heaving flooding with several houses surrounded in waist high water on Iroquois Drive. Fire Crews visited homes to make sure that everyone was safe and to see if they needed any assistance.
Firefighters visited the Jamestown area to check for possible flooding. The fire crew found some flooding, but not deep enough to be dangerous to the public. The crew also checked the Jamestown Loop area and found no visible flooding.
At 1:00 PM Firefighters responded to Chateau Mobile Home Park on South Man to check for flooding. Upon arrival, fire crews found knee high water surrounding several mobile homes. Other fire crews were called to the scene. Firefighters checked each home checking on the welfare of the residents. Ladder-2 crew found a cat that was struggling in the water and rescued it.
At 1:10 Firefighters responded to South Main for a report of high water across the roadway. Upon arrival the firefighters found that the entire northbound side of the roadway was under water. Firefighters guided traffic until the water receded.
At 1:35 MFD assisted the Madisonville Police Department with placing an airboat into the flooded area around the mall for safety/rescue purposes.
At 1:52 Fire Chief Wyatt came upon a vehicle stranded in high water on North Park Avenue. Chief Wyatt approached the vehicle and found that it was unoccupied. At witness stated that the driver had safely exited the vehicle.
SurfKY News would like to thank our local firefighters for all their hard work during this emergency situation. Your dedication to the safety of our local citizens is very much appreciated.
Information provided by Chief Steve Stoltz (Madisonville Fire Department)
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