Weekend weather gives a good soaking, knocks out power for some [News]

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After a couple days of steady downpours and severe thunderstorms, the river is approaching flood stage and approximately 1,000 LG&E customers are without power. Over the last three days, we have seen approximately 1.75 inches of rainfall. Louisville is still about a half inch below normal for this time of year, and those living or working in the greater metro area are under a flood watch until 4 p.m. Monday afternoon. As the day progresses and the front overtakes Louisville Metro, we will experience falling temperatures and blustery conditions over the next 18 hours or so; low temperatures will be in the 30s. The normal high for this time of year is 53 degrees. Jefferson County Public Schools decided to open on a two-hour delay today, much to the surprise of many local parents including Amanda Kolcun, a reservationist at the new Eddie Merlot’s restaurant on the corner of 4th and Muhammad Ali Streets. Kolcun said that when she arrived Monday morning at Wheeler Elementary to drop off her daughter Bella, Kolcun found the front doors blocked from entry. Kolcun said, “I got to [Wheeler Elementary] to drop off my daughter, and when we walked up to the front of the school, the doors were blocked from entry. Someone came out and told us they were on a two-hour delay. I’ve never seen school open late because of a rain delay.” For some, the rain doesn’t bother them and for others, the late winter precipitation is a reason to cancel plans, stay home and watch a movie, or just take it easy. Kolcun said that she is rarely disheartened by the rain. Kolcun said, “Rain doesn’t really affect what [I choose] to do. I’m not made of sugar; I’m not going to melt.” Those experiencing a power outage should call LG&E 502-589-3500. Photo: Chas Kuhn