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Melting snow brings flooding concerns

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From snowstorms to flooding, Louisville is preparing for its latest weather related problem.

Everywhere you look these days, you just can't seem to escape the snow. One of the biggest problems with that -- it needs somewhere to go when it melts.

“We're actually adding additional crews,” Dennis Thomasson with  Metropolitan Sewer District told WDRB News.

Crews will be working to clear drains this weekend, which often get buried with snow when plows come through to clear the roads.

“We primarily have been trying to clear catch basins as quickly as they come in to our customer call center,” said Thomasson.

So far, MSD says it's stayed on top of clearing the 68,000 catch basins in Louisville, minimizing the potential for flooded roads.

But the Ohio River isn't as lucky. The water level has been steadily rising and is already up to the benches on The Great Lawn. Hydrologist Mike Callahan with the National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest at 25 feet by Tuesday. So what does that mean for the city?

“It's going to close River Road, a section of that and they'll have to put in some closures on the flood wall on the lowest points, but it shouldn't make too many problems,” Callahan told WDRB News.

The average water level this time of year Callahan says is 16 feet. He says the snow isn't the cause of the flooding, but it is prolonging the higher water levels. He also adds this type of flooding is not unusual for the time of year, but its something we haven't seen since 2011.

“Before all this weather came, we were actually heading for a drought. The first storm just got us all moistened up and then the second storm of course has pushed us over the edge,” said Callahan.

Callahan says the flooding is a result of conditions upstream. The city expects to use 12 of its 16 flood pump stations by Monday.

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