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Heavy rain spurs flooding, evacuations in Kentucky

Dozens of people in homes hit by flooding of low-lying areas around Louisville and Jefferson County had to be evacuated overnight, some by rescue personnel using boats, authorities said Sunday.

Scott Utterback/Courier-Journal via Associated Press

Dozens of people in homes hit by flooding of low-lying areas around Louisville and Jefferson County had to be evacuated overnight, some by rescue personnel using boats, authorities said Sunday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A potent storm front rumbling across the nation’s midsection dumped up to 6 inches of rain in Kentucky over the weekend, causing flooding in the Louisville area.

Scores of people had to be evacuated from low-lying areas around Louisville and Jefferson County on Saturday night, some by rescue workers in boats, authorities said.

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Emergency management officials said they helped more than 80 people escape water that was waist-deep in spots. Some evacuees took shelter in a high school and others in a church.

There were no reports of injuries.

More rain fell Sunday, and officials said flooding remained a threat.

Along the Gulf Coast on Sunday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen dissipated after days of lumbering toward the region, and storm preparations were scaled back.

Forecasters said Karen would continue moving generally east over the next day to two days. Rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches were expected.

As tides began to recede along coastal Louisiana, crews worked to pick up sandbags and some fishermen took their boats out. In Lafitte, the tide had water levels along Bayou Barataria lapping at the edges of piers and sections of the main roadway into the small fishing village prone to flooding.

Lafitte has been swamped with flooding by several storms since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Many residents are just recovering from Hurricane Isaac last summer.

Some are in the process of having their homes raised, and Mayor Timothy Kerner said levees are being planned for the area.

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