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New bridge expected to prevent repeated flooding in Clark County

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JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- The recent rain brought the usual concerns for some southern Indiana neighbors.

The concern is on Salem Noble Road. Whenever there is heavy rain, a nearby creek floods, meaning hundreds of neighbors can't get to Highway 62. 

"Usually you have to find an alternate route," said Tara Zeuske, who lives in the area.

Zeuske lives in Whispering Oaks 2. She said heavy rain always brings concern about flooding on Salem Noble Road.

"That means you've got a 10 or 15 minute delay with getting kids to school to daycare," she said. "The buses are late because they have to take a different route."

It's also problem for emergency responders.

"In the fire service, response time is everything," said Chief Eric Hedrick, Jeffersonville Fire Chief.

When there's a threat of flooding, Chief Hedrick parks one of his fire trucks in the neighborhood.

"We would place it on the other side of the water and put it at the clubhouse out at Whispering Oaks," he said. "And then it would act as a temporary firehouse for response to that area."

The last heavy rain covered the road, and no one wants to see that happen again.

"When that happens, it shuts down all access to Highway 62, anything they want to go to -- Jeff, Clarksville, Louisville --- it's shut down," Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore said.

Mayor Moore said some neighbors even live in fear of the rain.

"As you can see, it's starting to rain out here on us now," he said. "Every time it rains out here, the residents get a little nervous."

But help is on the way. Moore said the city and county are splitting the $750,000 cost to build a new bridge.

"We're going to rebuild the bridge that's behind us here, bring it more up to date, bring it up a little bit in height."

"Having the bridge is going to be a huge improvement to our response," Chief Hedrick said.

Construction on the bridge is expected to start in September and be finished by winter.

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