UPDATE 12:37pm: Louisville Water Company spokeswoman Kelley Dearing Smith says the company has no reported water main breaks in its system. Morning rain and flooding have closed streets across Louisville. According to MetroSafe spokeswoman Jody Johnson, a water main break near the University of Louisville has exacerbated the flood conditions. The break is at Cardinal… Continue reading Roads Closed Due to Trees, Flooding Across Louisville
1:06pm President Barack Obama is making a pitch to middle-class voters today in Kansas, talking about his proposed payroll tax cut and his plan to extend unemployment benefits. 1:11pm We are likely to see as much as a billion dollars spent by Super PACs to determine the outcome of the 2012 elections. These Super PACs… Continue reading Obama Calls For New ‘Square Deal’, Super PACs Will Likely Spend $1 Billion on 2012 Election, Pike County Community Sues Coal Company for Flood Damage: Today on Here and Now
Residents and business owners in Louisville can apply for federal disaster relief money to cover recent flood damage, but Louisville Metro Government cannot. The floods did not force the city to spend more than $2.4 million in emergency or recovery operations. That’s the threshold Metro Government would have to cross to qualify for federal relief.… Continue reading Metro Government Won’t Apply for Federal Disaster Relief
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has declared a disaster emergency for 34 counties hard-hit by recent severe weather and flooding. The state Department of Homeland Security’s Arvin Copeland says the declaration is a step toward a possible request for federal aid for the counties, many of which were affected by Ohio River flooding. “We will go… Continue reading Daniels Issues Disaster Declaration For 34 Indiana Counties
Flooding concerns led to the evacuation of about 3,800 people from three western Kentucky cities on Tuesday. Kentucky National Guard Sgt. Cornell Marvin, a spokesman for the Kentucky division of emergency management, said most people have sought shelter with family members, but about 37 residents are spread out between four shelters. Marvin said two additional shelters are on stand-by in case further evacuations are needed. The cities affected are Hickman, along the Mississippi River in Fulton County, and the Livingston County cities of Ledbetter and Smithland, along the Ohio.
Additional information from the Associated Press.
Despite this being the wettest April on record, with 13.6 inches of rain and counting, MSD Director Bud Schardein says Louisville’s flood protection system is working as designed. The agency predicts that everything outside the flood plane will remain unaffected by the rising waters since all 16 flood pumping plants remain fully operational. “I believe… Continue reading Flood Protection System Proving Effective
The National Weather Service has predicted that the Ohio River will crest at 33 feet by Tuesday afternoon, that’s ten feet above flood stage. Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Bud Schardein says the agency is working nonstop to ensure that the city is prepared. “Staff has been working those stations 24 hours a day, they’ll… Continue reading River Expected To Crest At 33 Feet
The Ohio River is several feet above flood stage, and it’s expected to rise further in the coming days. The river is over 29 feet high in Louisville. Flood stage is 23 feet. National Weather Service hydrologist Mike Callahan says rainfall predicted for Tuesday and Wednesday will likely bring the Ohio to 33 feet. “We’re… Continue reading With More Rain Expected, River Could Reach 33 Feet
Here’s what we have planned for Here and Now at 1pm: it’s turned out to be a pretty nice day, but there’s more rain on the way and the water is rising, flooding the riverfront and jeopardizing Waterfront Wednesday and some Derby events. MSD held a news conference a couple hours ago. We’ll get an… Continue reading WFPL News: Today on Here and Now
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… Continue reading MSD Prepares For More Rain, Flooding