LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The flood walls are going up along Louisville's riverfront, in an effort to keep the rising water out of the city.
You'll find the first two closures at 10th and 27th Streets. Each wall takes about six hours to put in place and you can imagine the conditions outside aren't making it any easier.
MSD crews have had to battle wind and heavy rain to start framing the concrete opening. That has to happen before they can seal it with cross beams later on Friday afternoon. Another two floodgates are likely to go up this weekend.
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As of Friday, Louisville is entering the moderate flood level and with the predictions, it's going to stay there the next four or five days before waters recede.
There's a lot of talk comparing the current flooding with what we saw in ‘97. MSD's flood protection supervisor J.P. Carsone says the ‘97 flood was actually the 7th worst in Kentucky's history, with 1937 being the worst.
"Projections right now do not call for the river to go up as high as '97, but the river doesn't follow the projections, it does what it wants to do. Depending on rain here and upstream, it can impact the levels eventually,” Carsone said.
MSD says by the end of the day all of its 16 pumping stations will be active, working to push flood waters back toward the Ohio.
MSD says you should expect to see local and flash flooding and not just along the river but in low lying neighborhoods around town.
Also, just another reminder, do not try to drive through covered roadways.
MSD says just six inches of moving water can sweep a car away.
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