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Thursday's brief storm makes mess

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By Robin Bass

A brief, but powerful thunderstorm rolled through Taylorsville last Thursday flooding streets and snapping tree limbs.

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Spencer County Dispatch said that trees could be found blocking roads in every direction. Like cardinal points on a weather vane, the roads of Yoder Station (north), Little Union (south), Lilly Pike (east) and Little Mount (west) were each reported to have large limbs impeding traffic.

When some motorists encountered fallen limbs, their only choice was to turn around and find an alternate route. When Julie Smith discovered her path obstructed by a tangle of leaves and branches, she would simply get to work removing them.

“This is the second time I’ve done this,” said Smith as she pushed tree limbs over the guard rail on Elk Creek Road Thursday afternoon.

Smith said that she was determined to check on her mother after not being able to reach her by phone.

Earlier that day, two unidentified men in Taylorsville could be seen pushing a metal sculpture from the center of Main Street back toward its home at the Sanctuary. The large, silver gourd had been blown from its base and rolled into the street – leaving behind a trail of broken decorations.

“There were gourds floating everywhere,” said Lt. Rick Jewell, of the Taylorsville Police Department.

Sanctuary owner John Shircliffe said the metal sculpture – affectionately known as Mr. Peanut – suffered a broken rib, but is back on the mend.

“He took an awfully hard fall and almost attacked a pedestrian,” said Shircliffe. “Other than having a couple of bruises, he’ll be alright.”

Mr. Peanut’s adventure was quickly stalled amid the rising waters on Main Street. Lt. Jewell had, along with Taylorsville Water Department, set up a road block to prevent motorists from driving through the flooded portion at Jefferson Street.

At the water’s crest, it reached a depth of 16 to 18 inches at the intersection. High enough to seep under the entrance to the Spencer County Economic Development Authority. EDA Executive Director Annette King said that when she returned to the office after the storm, she had a watery mess to mop up.

Harold Compton, Taylorsville public works director, said motorists contribute to flooding problems when they do not slow down.

“That intersection has always been a problem,” said Compton.

Not only is the corner of Main and Jefferson streets the lowest point in Taylorsville, it is at a point in the city’s drainage system where several lines intersect.

“When you have two 30-inch lines full of water and flowing into a 36-inch line, it’s going to back up,” said Compton.

In addition to flooding and fallen tree limbs, Spencer County Dispatch received calls that Kings Church and Carl Monroe roads were without power following the storm. No weather-related accidents were reported to police.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recorded 1.3 inches of rain fell Thursday, while The Weather Channel’s website weather.com recorded a maximum wind speed of 17 mph. Total accumulation for June has exceeded the average rainfall for the month by less than an inch. Since June 1, only 10 days have recorded no accumulation.

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