Heavy rains cause lots of problems across Kentuckiana Tuesday


by Amy Stallings


Posted on May 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 29 at 6:42 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The heavy rain soaked Kentuckiana Tuesday, overwhelming the sewer system leading to rain-clogged roadways and swollen creeks.

As heavy rain pounded the Metro area it didn’t take long for the deluge to cause problems all across town. MetroSafe responded to approximately to 18 water rescues from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sky11 captured scenes all across Kentuckiana where the heavy rain caused flash flooding. Cars stalled in rising waters and roadways were shutdown.

At least three buildings at UofL’s Belknap campus sustained damage, cars parked in campus parking lots were submerged and the underpass at Third Street and Eastern Parkway was impassable.

Lightning from the storms is believed to be the cause of a fire that broke out at The Province apartments in the 600 block of Ruggles Place. Twenty-four units were damaged, mostly by water.

At Norton Hospital downtown the ambulance bay was closed after an foot and a half of water filled the entrance. Workers brought in pumps to remove the water and reopen it to emergency vehicles.

Then off Brownsboro road and Silvercrest, a car driven by Congressman John Yarmuth's mother was involved in an accident and had to be rescued after her vehicle landed in a rushing creek.

The heavy rains are also being blamed dozens of accidents in Kentuckiana.  Two lanes of Interstate 71 were shut down for a few hours after one of two trailers being pulled by a semi overturned.

There is no word yet on the cost associated with damages from Tuesday's flash flooding.

“No dollar figures yet on anything coming in. Mainly a lot of maintenance stuff and taking care of business we'll see if there's anything big later on," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

The mayor also said public works did well responding to issues caused by the flooding.