As the weather system moved through the city of Paris last night, our emergency services were put to the test. The National Weather Service has several reporting stations around the county that indicated anywhere from 2.5 inches to 7.5 inches of rain by midnight. The heaviest portion of the storm system reached our area around 7 PM. The weather station located at the police department recorded 5.66 inches before midnight last night.
This extremely heavy rain event created flooding issues around the city.
Paris officers responded to 96 calls for service from 6 PM to midnight. Additional officers came in and assisted during the peak of activity. The Paris Fire Department answered 18 mostly rescue calls from 6 PM to Midnight. Many of the police calls were related to stranded vehicles in high water and assisting drivers to high ground. Our communications dispatchers handled 393 incoming calls yesterday and 38 9-1-1 calls from 6 Pm to Midnight.
High water was reported behind the Colonial Apartments on Clarksville, placing cars on the parking lot in high and almost under water. The 400 block of the NW Loop at the train overpass was closed for a while until the water receded. The area just south of the interchange of Loop 286 and Clarksville street was closed as the creek was out of its banks there and placed the roadway under water.