Ad Hoc Committee Seeks Answers From MSD

by scrosby on August 18, 2009

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green says residents in her west Louisville district are growing increasingly angry about the area’s flooding issues.

Green says she spent several hours over the weekend helping residents of district one in far western Louisville clean-up after the August fourth flash flood. She says people there can’t afford restoration in many cases, and they’re getting desperate.

“Folks are angry,” says Green, “They feel like they’ve been left alone. They feel like nobody cares. They feel like they are Katrina victims.”

Green is the co-chair of a new ad hoc committee in the Metro Council called the “MSD Information Committee,” which will meet tomorrow evening. She says the panel wants to hear short-and-long range plans from the Metropolitan Sewer District on how to alleviate flooding problems in Louisville.

“We want to know why this keeps happening to us,” says Green, “to them. This has been an ongoing problem in certain parts of west Louisville, and they want to know why it keeps happening.”

MSD Director Bud Schardein has said the August fourth flood was a freak event, in which an enormous amount of rain fell in a short period of time in some areas of the city, including west Louisville.

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DeanJameson August 18, 2009 at 11:07 am

The fact that Metro Government and MSD forced people to wallow in their own sewage, and return and live in those conditions is a disgrace. Those adults, children and elderly are now at risk to a number of bacterial infections such as respiratory ailments, urinary tract infections, hepatitis, meningitis, eColi and arthritis to name a few. And they have been forced to transport contaminated belongings to three locations in the city, furthering that contamination to their method of transportation. This was a job for professionals trained in handling pathogenic materials – not the already beleagured citizens.
From the EPA: CSOs consist of mixtures of domestic sewage, industrial and
commercial wastewaters, and storm water runoff. CSOs often contain high
levels of suspended solids, pathogenic microorganisms, toxic
pollutants, floatables, nutrients, oxygen-demanding organic compounds,
oil and grease, and other pollutants. CSOs can cause exceedances of
water quality standards (WQS). Such exceedances may pose risks to human
health, threaten aquatic life and its habitat, and impair the use and
enjoyment of the Nation’s waterways.
http://www.epa.gov/EPA-WATER/1996/November/Day-06/pr-21053DIR/Other/fr18688.txt.html

MSD has been in violation of EPA requirements for years – this storm is nothing new – it’s happend time and time again, but Jerry Abramson prefers to spend our money on illusions of wealth rather than the heath of it’s men, women, children and elderly.

And Louisville received $653 MILLION of Stimulus money – most went to improving Government offices and blacktop. What a slap in the face to Louisville residents indeed.

john August 18, 2009 at 11:12 am

You say this storm has “happend (sic) time and time again.” Can you provide dates of storm of this magnitude that have been recorded previously in Louisville?

DeanJameson August 18, 2009 at 6:43 pm
Anon August 19, 2009 at 1:15 pm

Does anyone know if the meeting no August 19th is open to the public? While I agree that the storm was unusually severe in its magnitude, I would still like to hear MSD explain whether all pumps were operating correctly, all valves were in the correct positions, the extent to which drain lines were obstructed, etc.. Observers in my area noted that ~4pm, the water levels started receding at a rapid pace. How is this explained?

Stephanie Sanders August 19, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The meeting tonight is indeed open to the public. It’s at 6:30 in Metro Council Chambers on the 3rd Floor of City Hall.

Anon August 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Thank you.

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