- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - First responders made multiple water rescues Tuesday morning after heavy rain inundated parts of western Kentucky.

McCracken County Emergency Management Director Jerome Mansfield said the “torrential downpour of rain” led to an apartment complex and a motel being evacuated and crews rescuing multiple people from vehicles that got stuck in high water, mostly in low-lying areas. He said he wasn’t sure how many people were evacuated and rescued.

The rain began shortly before 5 a.m. and didn’t let up for a couple of hours. The National Weather Service said radar showed that around 5 inches of rain fell Tuesday morning in areas of McCracken, Ballard, Marshall and Livingston counties.

No injuries were reported and Mansfield said officials are trying to assess the damage now that the rain has stopped.

West Kentucky Star (https://bit.ly/1IGHOTD) reports that Paducah police participated in at least 18 water rescues from stalled vehicles. In addition, photos on the station’s website show first responders using kayaks to help people out of the apartment complex that was evacuated.

Power has been restored to customers who reported outages during the storm.

Now that the rain had ended, Mansfield said crews would work with the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management to begin assessing the damage.

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