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April 14, 2008

 

A very slow moving low pressure system moved into the Louisville Metro area at approximately 8:00A.M. Thursday morning. Light rain fell most of yesterday, with an approximate total of 0.40 inch on the ground at 10:00P.M. Thursday night. At 10:00 P.M., thunderstorms moved into the area, producing heavy cells of rainfall. Between 10:30P.M. and midnight, approximately 1.50 inches of rain fell in the Metro area, quickly filling flood storage basins and driving water levels in creeks and channels to the top of their banks. Since midnight, on average, another 1.20 to 2.50 inches of rain has fallen, causing viaduct and road flooding throughout the Metro Area.

RAIN TOTALS (from 8A.M. Thurs. through 6:00A.M. Friday)

Valley Station 3.83 inches
Pleasure Ridge Park 3.52 inches
Shively 3.73 inches
West Louisville 3.54 inches
Butchertown 3.45 inches
I-71/Oldham Co. 3.83 inches
I-64/Shelby Co. 3.67 inches
Fern Creek 4.74 inches
Fairdale 4.32 inches
South Louisville 3.43 inches
Germantown 3.60 inches
St. Matthews 3.58 inches
Okolona 4.11 inches
Jeffersontown 4.05 inches

*At this time, another 0.50 to 1.0 inch of rain is expected before daylight and rain is currently falling at .25 inches per hour.

AREA RECON
MSD recon staff is reporting road and viaduct flooding in almost all low lying areas of Louisville Metro. Water is over the road on Interstate 65, northbound at Arthur Street; Outer Loop at National Turnpike; Outer Loop west of Interstate 65; water is on streets in Woodland Manner subdivision, just east of Interstate 65 at Outer Loop. Water is on roadways in Beechwood Village. Water is on some low sections of Greenwood Road, west of Dixie Highway. Water was on roadway on terrier Lane in Buechel. Water is on roadway at Browns Lane, near Baptist East Hospital.

All flood storage basins in Louisville Metro are FULL causing streams to top their banks. The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WARNING for all of Louisville Metro and surrounding counties for the entire day (Friday).

GROUND HAS BEEN COMPLETELY SATURATED BY PREVIOUS RAIN EVENTS. RAINFALL TOTALS FOR 2008 ARE NOW 12 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE YEAR TO DATE.

It is expected that there will be some homes flooded before this system moves out of the Metro area.

MSD INFRASTRUCTURE
Crews report all auxiliary pumps in Beechwood Village, Hikes Point and Highgate Springs are running full bore to prevent basement flooding.

MSD OPERATIONS
MSD crews are working 80 to 100 high wet wells at sanitary pumping stations and flows at wastewater treatment plants are running at maximum. Emphasis is keeping water from backing up through sewer systems and out of homes.

MSD CUSTOMER RELATIONS
Staff has taken 88 customer calls since Midnight. Of that total, 19 are sewer backups and 54 are flooding/drainage related. Those totals are expected to climb with additional rainfall.

OHIO RIVER
The river is expected to start rising again with a crest early next week. Predictions on actual elevations will be available later in the day. MSD is ready to place flood pumping stations in service as necessary. Street closures are currently in place at 10th and Main and 27th and Northwestern Parkway.

FORECAST
This is the most serious rain/flooding event we have experienced since September 2006. With soils saturated, all rainfall is runoff. Storm drainage systems (creeks/channels/sewers and flood basins) are maxed out.

MSD crews will remain on extended shifts through the next 48 hours to minimize damages that any additional rain may cause. The goal now is to protect public safety, maximize the carrying capacity of the system and to minimize flooding of structures. The Weather Service forecasts rain to diminish late morning/early afternoon.

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Last Updated: February 01, 2012

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