High river closes one Henderson shortcut

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HENDERSON, Ky. (WEHT)- Heavy rain has pushed the water level of the Ohio River higher.

Flooding has closed several roads around the tristate including one popular shortcut in Henderson.

The water hasn’t come up on Wolf Hills Road but it’s close touching the pavement. Since there’s a chance water could cover the road– the city took steps to make sure no one can travel this road for fear of travelers getting hurt.

“It’s probably been three times this year. Maybe four,” Ricky Holder says.

Causing barricades to pop up on wolf hills road at either end of it. On Highway 41 and by the Henderson Landfill.

“You get used to it,” Holder says.

Ricky Holder is familiar with this route. He says he drives it quite often.

“About once a week. Twice maybe.”

So he says he wasn’t surprised to see it was closed. The Henderson Sheriff’s Office says the idea behind the closure is to make sure people are safe.

“We need people to respect that and not try to go through that floodwater because when they do and they have a problem then we have to come to get them out,” Chief Deputy David Crafton explains. “And in certain areas, the water is going to be moving and some people don’t appreciate how powerful moving water is when you go into it.”

And Holder says it might be inconvenient. But it’s better that way.

“you got to turn around and go all the way back to get back on the highway. But it’s better than driving through high water I guess. “

The city says wolf hills road will likely be closed until next Saturday unless the river levels drop.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 14, 2020)

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