Continuous downpour takes a toll on Louisville roads

Continuous downpour takes a toll on Louisville roads
Two Mallard ducks used the flooded Browns Lane to cross the street into Brown Park in St. Matthews.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The continuing downpour of rain took a toll on Louisville roads Monday.

With cars and trucks stuck, several drivers had to be rescued from their vehicles and flooding closed streets throughout the city.

Flooding closes road across Louisville, leads to several rescues

“It’s insane how high it got,” driver Joseph Scoggins said. “I didn’t know that it was this bad.”

Scoggins stopped by Cherokee Park late Monday to see how high the water had gotten. It made the road impassable.

A road through Cherokee Park could not even be seen due to flooding on Monday evening.
A road through Cherokee Park could not even be seen due to flooding on Monday evening. (WAVE 3 News)

“I just wanted to drive through and see the park," he said. "I thought it was going to be a little flooded but I didn’t think it was going to be all the way up here.”

Public Works had to shut down roads across the metro, including 13th and Oak Streets, where a cab driver died in flash flooding a few weeks ago.

There were also several water rescues.

A UPS truck was one of two vehicles driving near Frankfort and River Road when fast-rising water caused them both to stall.

Even this UPS truck stalled trying to drive through high water on Frankfort Avenue on Monday.
Even this UPS truck stalled trying to drive through high water on Frankfort Avenue on Monday. (WAVE 3 News)

“Somebody in a big cat truck pulled us both out of both of our cars so I was really grateful for that,” driver Zach Winter said.

Also in the right place at the right time was Anthony Whitehouse. He was on Frankfort near Washington in his cement truck when he saw a car with water up to the door handle.

“Well, I was coming down the hill and I saw a female who was desperate to get out of her car -- she was panicking -- so I pulled up beside her as close and as soft as I could and got her on my fender and rescued her,” Whitehouse said.

He said the tragedy on Oak and 13th Streets is what made him act.

Anthony Whitehouse sprang into action to save a woman stranded in floodwaters on Monday.
Anthony Whitehouse sprang into action to save a woman stranded in floodwaters on Monday. (WAVE 3 News)

“The cab driver that passed away last week, there wasn’t nobody there to help him so I thought of that and I sprung into action,” Whitehouse said.

Public Works has crews on standby to close more streets if needed.

Officials remind you to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and never drive through an area where water is over the roadway.

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