Jul. 27—When it comes to the weather Daviess County seem to be caught in one very wet cycle that has officials feeling like they are experiencing déjà vu.
"This feels like a repeat of Monday. I think I have lived this day before," said Daviess County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Myers. "There are just too many roads that have water across them. Some are impassible, some are just high water but you have to treat all of them like they are impassible. A lot of roads that reopened on Monday night were closed again Tuesday morning."
Daviess County received about one-half of the rain Tuesday compared to the six-inch deluge Sunday night and Monday morning, but that water is still causing problems along the roads and streets.
"We have had a lot of roads flooded out," said county highway supervisor Chris Winkler. "We got to the point where we have run out of high water and road closed signs."
The county has had at least six culverts washed out, a dozen different roads with high water over them and three to four dozen roads washed out. In addition, the county highway department has removed 14 trees downed by the storm into the roadways.
"We have had a lot of damage to culverts and a lot of roads washed out," said Winkler. "People really need to not try to drive through the water. There is really nothing to indicate how deep it is or whether there is even a road left under it. You don't know until you are in it and nose deep in water."
While water has been the main issue and the flash flooding that accompanied it during the last few days of rain. The storms have generated winds of up to 60 miles per and lightning that resulted in some damage.
"Dispatch started receiving calls around 7 a.m. of widespread power outages. The city has been dealing with multiple power outages," said Myers.
With more heavy rains in the forecast, officials are telling people that more damage and problems could be coming this week.
The County EMA office is now putting together damage reports on things like roads and public utilities in case the on-going storm pattern creates enough damage to trigger emergency assistance from the federal government.
"We are trying to track issues related to this storm, whether in the city or county, lightning, wind or flood," said Myers. "We are trying to track that information just in case any assistance should come available. We have heard that Knox County may be getting millions of dollars in damage as well with roads getting washed out."