MSD receives $3 million to assess risks to Louisville's flood protection systems
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Metropolitan Sewer District is getting a big chunk of money to look into Louisville's aging flood protection system. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is awarding MSD $3 million.
The money is to be used for a study to examine risks in Louisville's flooding protection system and come up with a repair plan. Earlier this year, Louisville saw some of the most devastating flooding it has had in decades.
City officials say every time the flood pumping stations are running, they see damage. And this year's historic flood event was no different.
"We had every single pump at all 16 flood pump stations operating," said Brian Bingham, chief of operations for MSD. "During that time, we started having failures. We started losing a pump here and losing a pump there. And when I'm talking about losing, I'm talking these are catastrophic failures. Some will have to be replaced," he said.
The study is expected to take about 18 months.
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