Flooding debris forming 'Trash Island' near the Beargrass Flood Pump Station
You probably don't want to spend your vacation on Trash Island.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- You probably don't want to spend your vacation on Trash Island.
Located at the Beargrass Flood Pump Station, "Trash Island" is the name given to trash and debris -- including small things, like water bottles, and larger items, like coolers and car tires -- that has accumulated there during the recent flooding.
Officials say Trash Island really shows how much of an issue it is when people litter, but they've decided to leave it as-is until floodwaters have completely receded.
"It's actually functioning as another filter...protecting the turbines and motors in there, and the intake valves, because the larger debris has formed a barrier to keep out the smaller debris," said Sheryl Lauder, an the communications program manager for the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD). "It's working pretty well."
Trash Island will eventually be removed by a crane Friday.
The flooding has caused other residual problems downtown. Without thousands of people planning to par downtown Thursday for Louisville's game against No. 1 Virginia at the KFC Yum! Center, more than 1,000 parking spaces are under water.
For MSD, the problem of the trash is harder to solve, but it's something no one can help prevent.
"It would really make our lives a lot easier and things easier on our equipment if people would just properly dispose of it," Lauder said.
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