- Associated Press - Saturday, March 7, 2015

CLAY CITY, Ky. (AP) - As temperatures rise in Kentucky over the weekend, media outlets across the state reported flooded roads and houses along with swollen creeks and rivers that could rise even further with the melting snow.

The National Weather Service said a flood warning goes into effect at 2 p.m. Sunday for counties on the Ohio River, including Jefferson, Oldham, Breckinridge, Hancock and Meade.

It also warned of possible flooding along rivers and streams in in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Ravenna in Estill County already experienced some flooding by the Kentucky River. And Barbourville and Williamsburg saw flooding from the Cumberland River.

Chuck Greif, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said Cumberland River floodwaters run slow and the river was expected to be out of its banks until at least Sunday evening.

In addition to the Cumberland, several smaller streams and creeks in Knox and Whitley counties had also either left their banks or were backed up, Greif said. In Knox both Turkey Creek and Stinking Creek spilled over their banks. In Whitley, Whetstone Creek along Route 1064, as well as Poplar Creek and Buffalo Creek along Route 92, had flooded.

In Pikeville, Public Safety Director Paul Maynard said they had to close the flood gate for the first time in his 19 years there when the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy River reached levels to which it had not swollen in a decade.

In the Harlan County coal town of Lynch, water bursting from an old mine above town on Friday sent a muddy torrent down onto Main Street, where it ran several inches deep for several hours.

Water got into the basements of some homes, but there were no reports of significant damage.

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