A look back at the Kentuckiana Flood of 2009 one year later



Posted on August 4, 2010 at 10:44 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 3:06 PM

Louisville, Ky (WHAS11) - Wednesday August 4 marks one year since record flash flooding drenched Kentuckiana causing millions in damages.

The storm dumped 6-and-a-half inches of rain that morning and another inch that afternoon.

Flood waters filled the streets leaving motorists stranded.

Water poured into homes and businesses like the main library on York Street and several buildings at the University of Louisville.

One year later the damage remains visible in the California neighborhood in West Louisville where 12 square blocks were flooded.

"I just didn't have the enthusiasm to start all over.  I didn't have the money also to just break out and rebuild an entire new dry wall and an entire new basement," said Jamal Love, who is still recovering from the flood.

The Kentucky Derby Museum also sustained millions of dollars in damage.

One year after flood waters swamped the basement of the Kentucky Derby Museum, there is a big celebration as attendance has jumped since the re-opening.

The Kentucky Derby museum was closed for nine months after last year’s August 4 floods.  The museum suffered $4 million in damage and underwent a major renovation.

Derby museum officials said they saw a 63 percent jump in attendance since re-opening in April.

“After today, we’re [gonna] stop talking about the flood and start talking about tomorrow.  We are thrilled to be reopened; it’s been a very long year, but today we are marking it with a special occasion and celebrating triumph over huge flood waters,” said a Derby Museum spokesperson.

Wednesday all guests and employees at the museum received Rose lapel pins as a thank you for the support during the flooding.