MSD, Lou. residents prepare for weekend rain fall


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 7:57 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- MSD crews have already begun preparations for this weekend's rain fall.

Additional staff are on the schedule and staging more equipment around the county making sure it's ready to go. MSD says its bigger concern is next week when the river begins to rise from all the rain. In any case, the agency has advice for residents.

"If folks could go out in front of their house before the event and clear the debris whether it be leaves or trash and clear that off the grate, that can prevent flooding for them and their neighbors," Dennis Thomasson, with MSD, said.

Neighbors in the Indian Trail neighborhood say they're doing all they can to prevent another flood in their area. Many homes off Catheen Way have flooded several times in the last decade due to the neighborhood drainage ditch filling up over its capacity.

"When it flooded Oct. 6, it looked like a river," Laurie Whittaker said.

Whittaker has lived on Catheen Way the last 31 years. In that time, her home has seen three floods; most recently, on Oct 6.

"The entire house had a foot of water in it, had to gut the whole house, cut out all the walls, lost all of our furniture. We had a two car garage. Everything in the garage was gone and destroyed. Everything we owned, everything," Whittaker said.

Whittaker says the water creeps in when the drainage ditch near the Pond Creek Water Shed becomes overwhelmed.

"Once it starts, you really have to keep an eye on it because it doesn't take long to come up to the door," Whittaker said.

Whittaker says she's still cleaning up after the last flood. She says she's called MSD about what could be done to help relieve this neighborhood of future floods.

"I'll sit up and watch it all night when they say the rain is coming in," Whittaker said.

She says she's not getting the answer she'd hoped to hear. Brian Bingham with MSD says homes in this neighborhood were built before crews mapped out flood plains. Some homes have gone through a buyout, but others remain. Bingham says MSD is evaluating future buyouts but that could be a long process involving a large amount of money. He says this weekend's rain should not be of great concern to these residents, though his crews will closely watch any activity around the drainage ditch.

"I shouldn't be worried every time they say we're going to get two to three inches of rain that my house is going to get flooded. Shouldn't have to live that way," Whittaker said.

If you have a flooding problem in your area, you can call the customer service line for MSD at (502) 587-0603.