MOUNT VERNON — Knox County dodged a bullet over the weekend as expected heavy rains moved off to southern Ohio.
Knox County EMA Director Mark Maxwell said a flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service was scaled back after rains from tropical storm Gordon shifted to the southeast. The watch, which was originally in effect from 4:10 p.m., Sept. 8 through today, was canceled Sunday.
A flash flood watch is a notice that flooding could occur and residents should be prepared, Maxwell said.
While the weekend was wet, the rains did not cause significant flooding. Minor flooding was forecast, with a slight chance of major flooding.
The NWS had called for rain between three to five inches. The county received an average of 3 and 3/4 of an inch of rain over the weekend, Maxwell said.
The rain is expected to move off today.
Maxwell said his office and the Red Cross were communicating throughout the weekend to open a shelter if necessary. Other partners, including law enforcement and emergency responders, were notified, Maxwell said, but he did not receive any reports of problems, as of Monday morning.
Knox County Engineer Cameron Keaton said his office reported one high water issue on Sycamore Road, just east of Ohio 586, which was identified this morning. There were three calls for downed trees, Keaton said, “which is common when the ground is saturated.”