Louisville's one day record for April rainfall causes flooding all over the city
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A one day record for rainfall in Louisville for the month of April caused widespread flooding issues throughout the city Friday.
Metropolitan Sewer District officials say the rate at which the rain fell drastically limited their ability to combat any flooding issues.
"For the multi-county region,” said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, “Around Louisville we received by far the most rain, five to seven inches in most parts of the metro area.”
Many roads were covered in water resulting in closures. More than 200 water rescues had to be performed by emergency personnel. There were also more than 70 motorists who were stranded and had to be rescued as well.
"It doesn't take a lot of water to move your car and wash you away,” said Andrea Clifford with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
The roadway collapsed on Kentucky 22 near Springcrest because a culvert under the road failed, causing the road to fall in. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said it could be months before that road is drivable again.
“We've still got people who still try to drive through high water and we just keep reminding people, turn around, don't drown,” Clifford said.
Clean up will begin as the waters begin to fall back to normal levels but some roads will remain impassable for at least a few days.
"We knew there would be rain and possibly flooding but really had no idea,” Clifford said.
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