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Residents, workers, assess damage from Sunday's flooding

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- After around half a foot of water covered parts of the Metro, city workers are still attempting to assess how much damage was done.

Dozens of people on Sunday had to be evacuated from several places around Louisville.  Now people are trying to assess just how much of a mess they have to clean up.

Metropolitan Sewer District officials say Fairdale, Okolona, Bashford Manor, Hikes Point, and St. Matthews saw the most impact.

MSD says the overflow caused road closings and even sewage backups that caused residents to see some manhole covers pop up in the street.

Officials say, while they are updating the sewer system, the rainfall was simply too much at once.  They say those issues are no longer a problem on Monday.

Steve Tedder with MSD tells WDRB News, "It just took an amount of time for the system to be able to handle that amount of rain as it got dumped on it all at one time.  The thought would be, if you took a five gallon bucket and try to pour it into your sink, it's going to take a little while to go down the drain."

Officials say it's not just the flooding that some folks have to worry about.  Overflows are also a problem.

"When those overflows occur, when there's too mc uh water in the system through illicitly connected sump pumps or the pipe, we have water that will mix with the sewage and come out of the system into the area streams and rivers," said Brian Bingham of MSD.

Residents in Okolona said they see MSD workers out after the rain comes, but the fix is usually a band-aid to the bigger issue.

"Every time it rains they go down there and put a piece of tape up to warn you that sewage is coming up out of there," said Jim Stillwell.

"The trouble I have with it is that I don't ever see anyone going out there to try and correct the problem."

Bingham said they are re-vamping the out-dated sewer system as part of a federal decree to avoid these messy situations in the future.  That $850 million project will not be complete until 2024.  Bingham said they have spent around $350 million since 2006 for the project.

Meanwhile, those dealing with cleanup say the problem is physically draining.  Bingham said for those people, it will just take time.

"As bad as it was, it could have been worse, we continue to improve out systems," said Bingham.

Officials say if people are experiencing backups and basement flooding on Monday, they will need to contact MSD. For information on how to do that, go to: http://msdlouky.org/contact/index.html or call MSD Customer Relations at 502-587-0603.

Free debris disposal is being provided to flood victims at the City Waste Reduction Center at 636 Meriwether Ave.  The center will open at 8 a.m. on Oct. 8.  The Red Cross has a shelter open at Atherton High School Monday night for those who need it.  Amber Youngblood of the Red Cross said they will keep it open if the need continues.

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