MSD Prepares For More Rain, Flooding

by Dalton Main on April 22, 2011

Metropolitan Sewer District Director Bud Schardein says the agency is doing everything it can to prepare for more flooding along the Ohio River and elsewhere.

The National Weather Service has predicted 3 to 5 inches of rain for the area this weekend and issued a Flash Flood Watch through Saturday evening.

“Number one concern is the rain, inland areas, low-lying areas, the caution to people who have had flooding before who might live in flood prone areas, be vigilant, we’ll be vigilant,” says Schardein “we run reconnaissance all night long through those neighborhoods, I just want you to know we’re prepared.”

Schardein says all of the city’s flood-pumping stations are currently active.

“When you plug 3 to 5 inches of rain into the computers that could be a five foot rise in a 24 hour period,” He says “everyone knows we have low areas that are subject to flash flooding but we have to minimize the risk and we have to move water as fast as we can and it’s that simple.”

Schardein says Louisville has two of the three largest inland flood pumping stations in the nation.

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