Flooding takes Louisville residents by surprise

Louisville, KY - By Shayla Reaves - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Heavy rains overnight caused major problems in Louisville Sunday, flooding neighborhoods and leaving residents some residents unable to travel by car. One family who moved to town after Hurricane Katrina had to escape their flooded apartment through a window.

So much rain fell in parts of Louisville it covered sidewalks and roadways, leaving some residents stranded in their homes.

Shively was among the hard-hit areas in Jefferson County, including Stallings Avenue, where high waters transformed the yard of Cheryl Coke's 90-year-old aunt into an island overnight.

"I woke up this morning, I put my feet down, and there was water on the floor," Coke said.

"That's her backyard," said Coke of the yard-turned-pond. "It's up almost to the picnic table."

At an apartment complex across the street from Coke's aunt, first-floor units were flooded.

For Tahirih Dukes and her fiance, Tommy Brundidge, it was deja vu all over again. They moved to Louisville from New Orleans in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. Their downstairs apartment unit is flooded again - for the third time in four years. Brundidge made it out through the window Sunday.

"I was bringing crates from over there in the water, putting them in here," Brundidge said. "I'd hand her the crates, go over there and get five more."

High waters on Egypt Lane made it tough for Monique Robinson to get home in her van.

"I could hear it splashing. It felt kind of deep," Robinson said."It's kind of crazy, trying to get through here. I'm hoping it doesn't get any higher."

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