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Under fire, county takes action to fix flooding issues

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The Slagel home. The Slagel home.
Photo of some of the water inside the Slagel home. Photo of some of the water inside the Slagel home.
The revamped drainage ditch outside the Slagel home. The revamped drainage ditch outside the Slagel home.

GOSHEN, KY (WAVE) - A family was forced from their home. Now county government has been moved to action months after Shelly Slagel first called and asked for help. But now, outside Slagel's Goshen home there are signs her yearlong nightmare might be coming to an end.

In April, the Oldham County engineers department re-dug the ditch lines to divert water away from her house.

"I'm really excited," Slagel said. "I feel like it's definitely a move in the right direction."

The work comes just months after her story was reported. Six floods in eight months cost Slagel thousands of dollars in repairs and damaged property.

Even worse, Slagel said it led to severe mold inside the home and breathing problems that forced her and her two children, Jack and Madeline, to move in with relatives.

Slagel blamed an Oldham County sewer line replacement project. She said she never had a drop of water inside her home until the county's contractor did work on her street and made new ditches that directed storm water runoff right to her front door. At times, Slagel said it came through the window like a waterfall.

According to Slagel, Oldham County magistrate Brent Lykins initially pledged to hold the county's contractor responsible. However, after Slagel filed a lawsuit Lykins changed his tune, saying the home was prone to flooding before the sewer project.

"Someone has tried to correct the issue by putting a curb here to keep the water from getting into the house," Lykins said in March.

But after examining the sewer line more closely, Lykins, admitted the contractor may have made the new ditches too shallow, which could contribute to the flooding. He had the Oldham County Engineers Department come out and revamp the ditches across the street and along Slagel's home to funnel storm water runoff the other direction. That laid the groundwork for Slagel's family to finally return home.

"I've lost so much sleep and shed a lot of tears," Slagel said. "But I'm actually sleeping better knowing that this is done and that they're finally listening and we're moving ahead."

Before Slagel and her children can move back in, there's still a lot of work to do, including the costly process of mitigating, or cleaning, the mold from the home and replacing the walls and installing new carpet.

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