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Flooding causing problems for Louisville area residents and businesses

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Flooding is causing some headaches for homeowners, businesses and drivers around the Louisville area, and it's not just just happening in the usual spots.

As water levels for the Ohio River continue to rise, some area residents are leaving their homes and belongings to escape potential danger.

Riverside Acres in Jeffersonville is consumed and roads leading to houses in the area are impassable.

It's the same story on the other side of the river at a development near Cox Park. 

Not too far away, water overflowed onto the intersection of River Road and Indiana Hills Trail. Drivers braved it for some time before crews shut the area down. 

"We're ready to respond," said Chuck Oliver, who is the Emergency Manager with the Army Corp of Engineers. He said Flood Fight Teams are on standby. They can provide technical assistance and pumps to Kentucky and Indiana if they receive requests for help.

"Right now we are kind of on watch status monitoring the gauges on the river, especially the Ohio, but we are also watching the tributaries because once the Ohio goes up, it kinda backs up everything," Oliver said.

One area hotel even had to shut its doors because of concerns with flooding.

In Harrison County, Indiana, water on the access roads has caused the hotel portion of Horseshoe Casino to close, however the gambling casino has remained open.

"The issue is safety. Fire and rescue personnel could not get to the hotel so we have to close it down," said John Smith, the hotel's general manager. 

Smith says the hotel had to ask about 200 guests to leave yesterday. He says he'd rather be safe than sorry. 

"If you come down (route) 111, you'll see a lot of the fields are flooded, but the roads are fine. It's drying and behind us; so the creek overflows, so it cuts off the hotel at this point," Smith said.

Smith says he hopes to open it back up on Thursday.  

MSD says they do not expect any flood wall closures. The river is supposed to crest tomorrow. 

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