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Repeated flooding has Buechel neighborhood frustrated

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As Louisville Metro's storm water drainage and flood protection agency, MSD has faced a few storms of its own. As Louisville Metro's storm water drainage and flood protection agency, MSD has faced a few storms of its own.
When it rains in one Buechel neighborhood, it floods over and over again. When it rains in one Buechel neighborhood, it floods over and over again.
After this record breaking rain, they are doing more than just worrying.  The residents will be cleaning up again. After this record breaking rain, they are doing more than just worrying. The residents will be cleaning up again.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - As Louisville Metro's storm water drainage and flood protection agency, MSD has faced a few storms of its own.  They have spent millions of dollars to reduce local flooding and flood damage but after this latest record breaking rain, one neighborhood wants to know do they really know what they're doing?  When it rains in one Buechel neighborhood, it floods over and over again.

Resident Daryl Mitchell distraughtly said, "It should be someone manning them and checking the water level in the creek but evidently there's no one there."

Mitchell is talking about the new state of the art pumping stations neighbors were told about recently.

"All I know is they just like told me nothing to worry about.  We have pumping stations at Beargrass Creek now," Mitchell shares.

Not just pumping stations but a station to rival any other except Louisiana.

"It's supposed to be second best. New Orleans is the only place that had a better pumping station and that they didn't have a thing to worry about," said Mitchell.

After this record breaking rain, they are doing more than just worrying.  The residents will be cleaning up again.

"4 times….4 times....4," Mitchell explains exasperated. 

His home has flooded four times in the 17 years he and his family have been there.

Mitchell said without missing a beat, "It means somebody dropped the ball which is no surprise to me.  They just dropped the ball again and it's a lot of people suffering because of that."

The neighborhood begins to gather at the Mitchell's home as they notice our WAVE 3 live truck.  Families like the Rutherford's are in the group.  They just moved into the neighborhood 3 weeks ago with their five foster children all of them under the age of five.

"We thought this was not going to be an issue again.  That's one of the reasons we agreed to take the house," David Rutherford explained with some force. 

His wife Amy is bewildered as she shares her thoughts, "Had I known that this was still a problem we would not be here right now! Now all of our belongings that were in the basement are gone!"

Amy Rutherford also explained after almost 50 years combined in the U.S. Armed Forces for she and her husband, money from their 404k's are exhausted and at this point their dreams as well.

"The water just kept rising and rising and rising so apparently it is still a problem," David Rutherford whispered. 

Amy was a bit more emotional as she thought of the children. "We bought this home for them and now half of our lives, our memories and everything we've done is gone."

The Mitchell family understands.

"I might just have to walk away from it, seriously," chimes in Mitchell. "That means you start from scratch", he said shaking his head.

Daryl Mitchell may have reached his breaking point.

"You know the bibles, kid's toys, stuff you have collected not necessarily valuable in money. You can't replace that...no you can't," Mitchell said with some regret and finality.

An MSD spokesperson said the amount of rainfall and the low lying area the residents live in contributed to the flooding as well as the fact that Beargrass Creek came out of its banks. 

According to MSD, the pumps were not a factor in the flooding.

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