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MSD says flooding not as bad as 1997

MSD director Bud Schardein and Mayor Greg Fischer MSD director Bud Schardein and Mayor Greg Fischer
Teresa Church, Waterfront Park vendor Teresa Church, Waterfront Park vendor
The rising Ohio river lapping at Waterfront Park The rising Ohio river lapping at Waterfront Park

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - All the rainfall has left parts of the Metro underwater. Monday, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and other top officials toured areas hit hard by flooding, including River Road and Zorn Avenue.

Mayor Fischer says city workers are on the streets around the clock, making sure culverts and drainage ditches are clear. MSD employees have put in 6,000 hours of overtime since last week. The problems reported have been minor, there have been 61 sewer backups in a system of 233,000.

MSD Director Bud Schardein says there have been no reports of flooded homes within the flood protection system. That does not include areas such as Juniper Beach, Eifler Beach, and River Road which are in the flood plain.

All 16 of the flood pumping stations are up and running.

For vendors setting up at the Waterfront at the Chow Wagon, the Ohio River is causing them to move.

'Had to move tents at 2-3 times," said vendor Theresa Church. "When this tent was down in the middle, the water was coming through the tent."

Many riverside restaurants have also closed because of the high water.

But despite all the flooding, Schardein says a good reality check is looking back at the flood from 1997. Schardein says since then, the city's made improvements.There have been over 700 neighborhood drainage projects and 11 flood storage basins added.

In 1997, MSD says over 40,000 buildings were flooded. But this time, MSD says they haven't received any calls of flooding from homes in flood protection zones.

"The river in '97 reached a crest of 38.4 feet on the upper gauge," said Schardein. "Right now, it's projected to be in the neighborhood of 33 tomorrow afternoon that is still almost five and half below the level from 97. I would stay tuned between the rain from now and Wednesday."

MSD says the floodwalls that are in place provide protection for 29 miles from Buchertown to Valley Station. There are 52 openings along the flood wall. A handful are closed, including 10th Street, 27th Street, and 2nd Street, along with Bingham Way and Riverport.

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